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Danny Espinosa belts a two-run homer, his 13th, off San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum to give Washington a 4-2 lead. The Nationals won 6-4 at AT&T Park to finish 5-1 against the Giants this season. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Danny Espinosa belts a two-run homer, his 13th, off San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum to give Washington a 4-2 lead. The Nationals won 6-4 at AT&T Park to finish 5-1 against the Giants this season. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa, right, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run off of San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum to score Adam LaRoche (25) during the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa (8) is welcomed back to the dugout by bench coach Randy Knorr (53) and fans after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros in the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa (8) is welcomed back to the dugout by bench coach Randy Knorr (53) and fans after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros in the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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Danny Espinosa has made a smooth transition to shortstop in Ian Desmond's absence. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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Danny Espinosa has made a smooth transition to shortstop in Ian Desmond's absence. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa celebrates with Stephen Strasburg after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa celebrates with Stephen Strasburg after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa celebrates with Stephen Strasburg after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Danny Espinosa has a .186 batting average with a .282 on-base percentage and .235 slugging percentage this season to go along with 37 strikeouts, which is tied for the National League lead. (Associated Press)

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Danny Espinosa has a .186 batting average with a .282 on-base percentage and .235 slugging percentage this season to go along with 37 strikeouts, which is tied for the National League lead. (Associated Press)

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Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa batted just .223 left-handed last year, well below his .283 average from the right side. Spotting a loop in Espinosa's swing, utility man Mark DeRosa suggested a drill that has helped the switch-hitter find a comfortable path for his bat. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa makes a throw to first against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game in Viera, Fla., Thursday, March 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Entering Tuesday's game, Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was batting .226 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI. At this point of the season, he's considered one of the frontrunners for NL Rookie of the Year honors. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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associated press Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa is "maybe pound-for-pound the strongest guy on the team," says Nationals manager Davey Johnson.

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Rafael Furcal, right, beats the throw to Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, July 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Colorado Rockies' Ian Stewart (9) is out at second as Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (18) leaps up in the air after he threw to first to convert a double-play on a grounder by Chris Iannetta during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 9, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Pittsburgh left fielder Alex Presley slides safely into second base as Washington's Danny Espinosa fails to handle an errant throw from Jason Marquis on Sunday at Nationals Park. Presley went on to score one of three first-inning runs for Pittsburgh.

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Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond throws the ball to second baseman Danny Espinosa (18) to force out Los Angeles Angels' Mark Trumbo at second base to end the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)