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Denard Span should expect a drug test after two-homer game, teammates joke (vids)


Washington Nationals outfielder Denard Span has been on a torrid hitting streak at the plate over the past week. On Monday, he remained on the hot streak, hitting two home runs while going 2-5 with 3 RBI in the team’s 6-4 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Since last Wednesday, a five-game stretch, Span is 8-22 at the plate, five of those knocks being extra-base hits.

For the month of August, Span had 40 hits, a Nationals club record, hitting .328 with a .443 slugging percentage to go along with a .789 OPS.

Span is about the exact opposite of a power hitter. During his seven seasons with the Twins and Nationals, Span has hit 31 home runs, meaning the homers he has hit in the past week-plus, when he hit three round-trippers, amounts to nearly 10 percent of his career output.

The outfielder was at a loss in trying to explain his sudden display of power.

Via D.C. Sports Bog:

“I couldn’t tell you, man,” Span told MASN’s Dan Kolko after the game. “Just seeing the ball good and trying to put good swings on the ball. Fortunately they’ve been getting out of the park for me.”

Kolko asked Span for the best joke he heard in the dugout Monday.

“Probably saying you’re going to get a blood test and a urine test probably before and after the game tomorrow, so I’m definitely going to be looking out for those guys,” he said. 

Span did offer one possible explanation for his two-homer night to reporters after the game. 

“Last night, I did eat Roscoe’s chicken and waffles,” Span said. “I think that might have helped a little bit tonight.”

Ah yes, Roscoe’s, the legendary California eatery. Of course, chicken and waffles have long been known as  the cornerstone of any nutritious pregame meal, or any meal, for that matter. Although said delicious plate of food would not cause a person to fail a drug test, so Span’s in the clear in that regard. Because if that were the case, and fried chicken and waffles were on the MLB’s banned substances list, what a sad, sad world would it be that we’re living in.