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Denard Span | Outfielder

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 208
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Denard Span doubled in one of his two at-bats against the Marlins Sunday, finishing the season with a .302 batting average.
Nationals manager Matt Williams removed most of his starters after two at-bats, but Span doubled off Henderson Alvarez before exiting to ensure he'd end the season with an average above .300. It's the second time in his seven-year career that Span has hit higher than .300. He finishes with five home runs, 94 runs scored and a career-high 31 stolen bases. Sep 28 - 4:41 PM

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Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday that Denard Span (knee) will be back in the lineup on Friday.

It's not clear whether he'll play one or both games of the doubleheader. Span left Tuesday's game after scraping up his right knee on a diving catch and didn't play in either of Thursday's contests, but the Nats were just being careful.
Sep 25 - 10:41 PM

Denard Span (knee) is not in the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Span left Tuesday's game after scraping up his right knee on an excellent sprawling catch and will now miss both starts of the doubleheader. There was some hope that maybe he would be able to play Thursday, but the Nationals are playing things safe.
Sep 25 - 5:45 PM

Denard Span (knee) could play in the second half of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Span suffered scrapes on his right knee Tuesday night when he made a sprawling catch on the warning track at Nationals Park. It's obviously not a major injury.
Sep 25 - 10:45 AM

Denard Span was removed from Tuesday's game against the Mets after scraping up his right knee.

Span's knee dragged against the warning track after he made a spectacular catch in the third inning. He'll sit out Wednesday's game as a precaution but should be back in there Thursday.
Sep 23 - 10:17 PM

Denard Span exited Tuesday's game versus the Mets after making a diving catch.

Span robbed Matt den Dekker in the top of the third inning with a terrific grab but was then pinch-hit for by Michal Taylor in the bottom of the frame. The Nationals will provide an update on the outfielder's status shortly.
Sep 23 - 7:49 PM

Denard Span was held hitless over five at-bats, but the Nationals were still able to send the Marlins to a defeat on Thursday.

The words "Denard Span" and "hitless" haven't often been used together lately. He was on a nine-game hitting streak and had hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games entering the contest. Span has turned in a solid season, batting .296/.349/.409 with 93 runs scored and 31 stolen bases.
Sep 18 - 10:07 PM

Denard Span singled three times in Friday's 9-8 loss to the Phillies.

In addition to the three hits, Span also scored two runs. The seventh inning stolen base was his 28th of the season. Span will give you games like Friday's. Just don't expect much power. The highest he's ever slugged was .432, in his rookie campaign with the Twins back in 2008. Power deficits aside, he continues to hit for average, as evidenced by his .301/.351/.415 slash-line in 2014.
Sep 6 - 12:45 AM

Denard Span homered twice and knocked in three runs in Monday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers.

Span launched a solo shot in the third inning and added a solo shot in his next at-bat in the fifth. It was his second career multi-homer game and his first since 2008. After hitting just one homer over his first 122 games this season, he now has three in his last five games. Span has enjoyed a fantastic season, putting up a .299/.349/.416 batting line with 85 runs scored and 27 stolen bases over 127 games.
Sep 1 - 11:43 PM

Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a double, a solo home run, and three runs scored in the Nationals' loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.

In the fifth inning, Span crushed a Kyle Kendrick offering into the second deck at Citizens Bank Park, something rarely seen from the slap-hitting center fielder. He has two homers on the season along with 28 RBI, 27 stolen bases, and a .300/.351/.407 slash line.
Aug 27 - 11:12 PM

Denard Span scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the ninth as the Nationals topped the Diamondbacks 1-0 on Thursday to extend their winning streak to 10 games.

Span singled off a fine pitch from Oliver Perez, stole second and then scored after Jordan Pacheco rushed a throw on a grounder to third and ended up bouncing it past Adam LaRoche. It was Span's third time on base in the game, and he also had a sac bunt. He's hitting .302 with 27 steals, and he's now scored one more run in 117 games this year (76) than he did in 153 games last year.
Aug 21 - 7:16 PM

Denard Span went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases Friday against the Pirates.

Span saw his on-base streak snapped at 36 games earlier this week, but he got right back on the horse on Friday. He's now up to 25 steals on the year, which is one shy of his career-high from 2010.
Aug 15 - 11:32 PM

Denard Span continued his hot-hitting ways in Sunday's loss to the Braves, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

He has now reached base safely in 35 consecutive games, raising his season slash line to an impressive .306/.360/.412 in the process. He has also scored 71 runs and swiped 23 bases, giving him a considerable amount of mixed league fantasy value.
Aug 10 - 11:23 PM

Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a run scored Friday against the Braves.

Of course he did. Span has now reached base in 34 consecutive games. His batting average has jumped from .264 to .304 in that time while his on-base percentage has increased from .308 to .359. Quite a turnaround.
Aug 9 - 12:20 AM

Denard Span singled in one of his four at-bats in Tuesday's loss to the Mets, extending his hitting streak to nine games.

The Nationals didn't have much to write home about against the Mets, so the continuing of Span's hitting streak will have to suffice. Span has been among baseball's hottest hitters since the second half began, entering Tuesday having hit .439 (29-for-66) in his last 17 games. On the season, Span owns a .296/.353/.397 line with 25 RBI and 23 stolen bases.
Aug 5 - 10:42 PM

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1B1Adam LaRoche
2Tyler Moore
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Danny Espinosa
3Jeff Kobernus
SS1Ian Desmond
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
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LF1Bryce Harper
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CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
4Steven Souza
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S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Hill
7Taylor Jordan
8Matt Purke
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PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Tyler Clippard
3Rafael Soriano
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Matt Thornton
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Erik Davis
10Xavier Cedeno
11Aaron Barrett
12Blake Treinen