Denard Span CF WAS 23 Hrs

Span is not in the lineup Wednesday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

Manager Matt Williams is sitting all of the Nationals' regulars after they clinched a playoff berth Tuesday. Michael Taylor will get the start in center field and bat leadoff, but Span should be back in the lineup in short order.

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Span went 2-for-4 Friday and stole his 30th base of the season.

The steals are a career high, and with 90 runs scored Span stands a good chance of breaking his previous high of 97 in that category as well. Match those numbers with excellent defense and a .301/.353/.411 slash line, and Span has done all he can to make the $9 million option for 2015 in his contract seems downright cheap.

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Span reached base our times, going 3-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base in a losing effort against the Phillies on Friday night.

Span has been a huge catalyst at the top of the Washington batting order and logged his 1000th career hit in this one. He has a solid .301 average and 28 steals while piling up runs in front of a potent lineup so his fantasy value remains at a peak.

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Span is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Span will take the day off with the left-handed ace in Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers. Bryce Harper will slide over and play center while Scott Hairston enters the lineup in left field.

Denard Span CF WAS 16 Days

Span went 2-for-5 Monday with two home runs and three RBI.

The Nationals' leadoff hitter is having a rare power streak, clubbing three home runs in his last five games after hitting just one in his first 122 contests. Don't expect the balls to keep flying over the fence, but Span should be a steady source of batting average, runs and steals down the stretch.

Denard Span CF WAS 27 Days

Span went 2-for-3 Thursday with a walk, a stolen base and the game's only run in yet another walk-off win for the Nationals.

The stolen base not only gave him a new career high with 27 on the season, it set up the winning run as Span scored from second on Jordan Pacheco's throwing error. Span now has a ridiculous .388/.447/.448 line in 33 games (134 at-bats) since the All-Star break, with 19 runs scored and 12 steals.

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Span went 2-for-6 with a run scored in Sunday's extra-inning win over the Pirates.

With nine multi-hit efforts in his last 15 games, Span is having an outstanding month at the plate. To this point in August, the speedy center fielder is batting a cool .382 with seven runs scored and five stolen bases.

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Span snapped out of an 0-for-11 mini-slump by going 3-for-4 on Friday with two stolen bases.

He's now popped his batting average back over .300 (.303, to be precise) and the steals give him 25 on the season. Span remains one of the most effective leadoff hitters in baseball.

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Span is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.

Span's last day off came on the second leg of a doubleheader back on June 28, so a maintenance day was likely overdue. The 30-year-old continues to put up strong numbers atop manager Matt Williams' lineup, owning a .356 on-base percentage this season, to go along with 23 stolen bases. Michael Taylor will take over in center field and lead off for the Nats, with Bryce Harper shifting to right and Kevin Frandsen in left.

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Span was 3-for-4 with a run scored in a losing effort against Atlanta on Friday night.

And the beat goes on for Span who is now hitting .304 and has has managed to stay red hot into August going 15-for-33 (.454) so far this month. He is certainly everything you could ask for in a lead off man with his speed, and he has reached base at least once in every game since June 27.