Denard Span will seek a piece of team history while trying to boost the Washington Nationals' faint postseason hopes.
Span will try to become the second Nationals player to register a 30-game hit streak in Thursday night's series opener against the Miami Marlins.
Span extended the longest hitting streak of the 2013 season with a single in the seventh inning Wednesday but the Nationals (81-71) fell 5-2 to NL East-leading Atlanta. Washington's loss was only its second in 12 games but was a big blow to a club that still faces a 5 1/2-game deficit to Cincinnati in the race for the NL's final wild-card berth.
"We just can't afford to lose," manager Davey Johnson said after the end to a three-game win streak. "We've just to start another win streak. It's that simple."
Span will try to match teammate Ryan Zimmerman's 30-game run from 2009, the longest since the relocation from Montreal following the 2004 season. Vladimir Guerrero had a franchise-record 31-game run for the Expos in 1999...