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With 21-game hit streak, Span salvages season

Sep 10, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

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NEW YORK — In the past, Denard Span might have shunned any questions about a hot streak of his at the plate. But the way this season has gone for the Nationals center fielder, he figures why not embrace the positive and fully acknowledge the fact he entered Tuesday night’s game on a career-best, 20-game hitting streak.

“I normally don’t even like talking about hitting,” he said. “But I’ve been through so much this year, I’m almost to a point where a lot of it is it just being Sept. 10 and I’m physically and mentally a little worn out. Whatever. If you guys want to talk about it, let’s talk about it.”

There’s plenty to talk to Span about these days. It’s not just the hitting streak, which he extended to 21 games with a third-inning double. It’s the fact he has resurrected his season thanks to a change in approach and attitude and, with fewer than three weeks to go, has positioned himself to finish right around his career norms for offensive production.

“I mean, if [the streak] ends today, it was fun,” he said. “I’ve gotten going. That’s the most important thing. A hitting streak is nice, but actually just to get going after beating myself up personally is the best feeling.”

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  1. natsfan1a - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Atta way, Denard. Always listen to your mother. :-)

  2. sjm308 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I have not been reading much – has WODL taken a sabbatical on his relentless attacks on Denard?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Knock on wood — or at least imitation wood grain — please.

  3. Sonny G 10 - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    You da man, Denard!!!



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