District Daily: Ryan Zimmerman ready to contribute in playoffs, Denard Span breaks and sets records

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Sep 27, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder

Ryan Zimmerman

(11) at first base against the Miami Marlins during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 5-1. Mandatory Credit:

Brad Mills

-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning DoD readers! Start off your Sunday with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in our District Daily:

Zimmerman ready to contribute in postseason

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman was not in Saturday’s starting lineup in the Nationals 5-1 win over the Marlins, but he came in off the bench.

Zimmerman, who sustained a Grade 3 strain of his right hamstring in July, still doesn’t know what his role will be during the National League Division Series, which starts Friday on FOX Sports 1. At this point in the year, Zimmerman said he can’t only think about himself; he has to think about the team. Read full article here.

Span ties one Washington record, sets another

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Denard Span put his name in the Nationals’ record book in Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Marlins. By collecting two hits, he broke Cristian Guzman‘s record for the most multihit games in a season with his 58th. Span also tied Guzman for the most hits in a season (183).

Span broke and tied the records in the bottom of the fifth inning. With right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the mound, Span singled up the middle and later scored on a groundout by Adam LaRoche to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead. Read full article here.

Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon makes everything look easy

(Adam Kilgore, Washington Post)

Sam Palace sifted through the displays at Guitar Center, helping Anthony Rendon choose his first acoustic. On a day off in July, Rendon wanted to learn a song — “Troubadour” by George Strait — even though he had never played. He had asked Palace, the Washington Nationals’ bullpen catcher and a guitarist since high school, for assistance.

They picked one out and drove home. In the evening, Palace showed Rendon a few chords, and then he sat and watched, stunned, as Rendon solved the instrument. Since opening day, Palace had seen Rendon’s natural skill on a baseball diamond — quick wrists, strong hands, an uncanny sense for the game, a beyond-his-years tranquility — make him the Nationals’ most valuable player at 24, in his first full season. Read full article here.

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