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Desmond went 1-for-4 Monday with an RBI single as the Nationals topped the Braves 2-1.

Desmond has hit safely in four straight, but has struggled a bit at the plate this month. After hitting .264 in August, Desmond is batting only .194 thus far in September. For the year the shortstop is now hitting .248 with 22 homers and 82 RBI.

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Desmond scored a run and knocked in one RBI against the Mariners on Friday as he went 2-for-5, while hitting his 22nd homer (399 feet) of the season.

There aren't many shortstops in the league that have produced more than Desmond has this season, especially when you consider the power he provides. Desmond (.253/.310/.430) drove in his 81st RBI on the season and has an excellent shot of being a 20/20 guy by year's end. If he could bring his batting average up Desmond would certainly be an elite shortstop.

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Desmond went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Sunday.

Desmond placed an 0-for-9 streak over the previous three games in the rear view mirror with a big day at the plate Sunday. He now totals 21 home runs for the year, and will have a chance to best his career-high of 25 with over a month left before the end of the season.

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Desmond is out of the lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports.

Desmond will be afforded a rare day off, his first since July 11 and just his third of the season, with Danny Espinosa manning short in the finale against Arizona. Although Desmond's average is more than 30 points below his 2013 mark, he's already matched him home run total from a season ago (20) and needs just four RBI to set a new career high.

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Desmond was locked in Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, a run and a stolen base in a win over the Diamondbacks.

Interestingly enough, Desmond's four steaks came in relatively unspectacular fashion (a pair of two-run singles in the third and sixth innings), all while he faced a team-low eight pitches on the night. Nonetheless, the Nats' middle infielder is up to 77 RBI -- three shy of his career high from 2013 -- with 15 swipes and 52 runs to go with his 20 bombs on the year, making him a very valuable member of both the NL East-leading Nationals and fantasy rosters everywhere.

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Desmond went 1-for-3 Tuesday with two runs scored, two RBI and his 20th home run of the season.

That's back-to-back games in which Desmond has gone long, and he has three blasts in his last five games. The shortstop is now just five home runs and eight RBI away from tying his previous career highs.

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Desmond went 2-for-5 with his 18th homer, a walk, three RBI and two runs Thursday against the Mets.

It's been something of a scuffle for Desmond this season, as the average really hasn't been there -- even after Thursday, he's at just .247 -- but his power hasn't gone anywhere. Still, Desmond's fantasy owners would certainly be happy to see him cut that strikeout rate down going forward.

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Ian Desmond went 5-for-5 with his 17th homer in the Nationals' 7-2 defeat of the Rockies on Monday.

It was his second career five-hit game, the other coming against the Mets in Sept. 2011. He raised his average from .243 to .253, which is the highest it's been since way back on April 12. He's now driven in runs in five straight games and collected a total of 16 RBI in his last 15 games.

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Ian Desmond returned to action on Saturday July 12.

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Ian Desmond (hand) is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

X-rays on Desmond's right hand came back negative, but he's still a little sore. He should return to the lineup sometime over the weekend. Danny Espinosa is at shortstop Friday.