Apr 17, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT
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Mark DeRosa has only two hits in 22 at-bats so far this season.
When the Nationals broke camp in Florida and headed north to open the season, there was no player on the roster more locked-in at the plate than Mark DeRosa. The veteran utilityman tore the cover off the ball all spring, posting a .457 batting average and stunning .587 on-base percentage.
And then the regular season began and DeRosa appeared to lose all ability to hit a baseball. He enters tonight's game against the Astros with only two hits in 22 at-bats, each of them singles, leading to a pathetic .091 slugging percentage.
"Night and day," DeRosa muttered this afternoon inside the Nationals' clubhouse, admitting he's had trouble sleeping because of it. "That's why this game is so frustrating. If I had the answer for it, I'd just keep hitting like I was in the spring and I'd be smiling every day. But that's not the way this game is."
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NL EAST STANDINGS
THU: Diamondbacks at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
FRI: Giants at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Giants at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Giants at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Nats at Phillies, 7:05 p.m.
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SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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