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Nationals' Denard Span could be the one to watch

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For Denard Span, one of the newest additions to the Washington Nationals roster, it was lights, camera and a lot of action in his first workout with his new team.

Span, who was acquired by Washington in a November deal with the Minnesota Twins, is set to become the lead-off hitter and true centerfielder that the team lacked last year en route to a National League East title.

"Sometimes, I look in the mirror and double back and thing...is that me?" Span said. "Each day that goes by, I'm more comfortable and more used to it."

The 24-year-old Span spent the first five years of his career in the Twin Cities, and in 2013, he posted a .283 batting average and slugged four homeruns. However, he thinks that the total would have been higher had Nationals Park been his home.

"I had four (and) hit the wall about four times," Span said. "I think if I was playing in Washington, I'd have seven or eight. I don't hit that many, so I remember every single one of them."

His speed, though, may turn out to be an even bigger asset to the Nationals than his bat. Span has 90 stolen bases in his career, swiping 17 last year and 90 over the course of his career. He also gets on base at a .357 clip over the course of his career.

In the meantime, getting used to sharing an outfield with Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper is something he'll continue to do as the team's time in Viera progresses.

"I'm probably going to be the most boring of those guys," he said. "Werth is a wild card; you don't know what you're going to get. Harper, the phenom, (has) a little cockiness to him...a little swag to him."

Span's number one goal, though, is to prove he can deliver in the quest to bring a World Series title to D.C.

"I have to win the fans (and) my team over, showing them I'm going to do my job," he said.

 

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