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Span getting swing of things

Jul 3, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

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By Ben Standig
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Jayson Werth returned to the Nationals lineup, then Bryce Harper and soon Wilson Ramos. The run-scoring component of the offensive attack also made a splashy appearance over the previous two games with a combined 23 runs. Nobody is expecting the team to score 11 or so a night, but at least now, Davey Johnson's has a deeper set of batting options from which he can keep tweaking those daily lineups.

Not that Johnson went that route for Tuesday's meeting against the Brewers after his side plated 10 in the series opener. However, one pregame question for the manager centered on whether now there was an opportunity to sit center fielder Denard Span in certain situations. By certain situations, we mean against left-handed pitchers. The unsightly number speak loudly.

On the season, the lefty-swinging Span is batting .263 with a .318 on-base percentage in 334 plate appearances. In 91Read more »

  1. NatsLady - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

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  2. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Anyone who knows anything about Broadway or Hollywood knows that you do not move your Rookie of the Year center field to left field unless you are a killjoy who can't enjoy success. Rizzo couldn't stand having a crummy left fielder who hit, so he brought in a slaphitting center fielder and ruined his whole story.Cramped thinking. Put Harper back where he was and deal Span and Storen and get us someone with power. Tonight was the first time since the Minnesota doubleheader that we have had a lead-off runner on to start the game.Keep watching for the media to tell us how terrible Harper was in the outfield and how Rizzo had to bring in someone because Harper couldn't field the position.

  3. brother raven - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler, I couldn't disagree with you more. I'm glad Span joined our team.

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