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Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa goes horizontal over Los Angeles Angels' Howie Kendrick to complete a double play in the sixth inning of an interleague baseball game in Anaheim Calif., on Monday, June 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina can't come up with a second-inning single by the Orioles' Derrek Lee, who below right collides with Nats second baseman Danny Espinosa. Lee went 9 for 13 in the three-game series, raising his average from .214 to .245.

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Baltimore Orioles' Derrek Lee (25) is safe at second base as he collides with Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa while advancing on a throwing error by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman during the second inning of a baseball game in Washington, Sunday, June 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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The Washington Nationals' Michael Morse is greeted at the plate by teammates Laynce Nix, and Danny Espinosa after Morse hit a two-run home run against the San Diego Padres in the second inning. Those two runs were enough for the Nats in this one, as they hung on for the 2-1 victory. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa is hit by a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles. Espinosa is the National League's leader in hit-by-pitches with 12 on the year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Arizona catcher Miguel Montero (top) exchanges words with Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa, who is restrained by umpire Rob Drake on Sunday after Espinosa was hit by a pitch.

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Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa (right) leads all National League rookies in home runs with 10 and runs batted in with 33. His home runs also are tops on the Nationals. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa celebrates with teammate Michael Morse after hitting a three-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee during the third inning. Espinosa hit two home runs in the game, finishing the day 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, right, celebrate his three-run home run with teammate Adam LaRoche (25) during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, May 20, 2011, in Baltimore. Espinosa went 3-for-4 with three runs and five RBI in the Nationals' 17-5 win over the Orioles. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa's two-run homer against Pittsburgh on Monday is his only hit in his past 22 at-bats. The rookie is batting just .196 for the season. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Danny Espinosa is one of several Washington Nationals players to turn to hitting coach Rick Eckstein to break a current slump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa connected for a three-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader against Milwaukee on Sunday. He added a bases-clearing triple in the nightcap, and both hits came batting left-handed. (Associated Press)

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Florida Marlins' Hanley Ramirez (2) is safe at second as Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa tries to make the play during the first inning of a baseball game in Miami, Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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Florida Marlins' Hanley Ramirez (2) is safe at second as Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa tries to make the play during the first inning of a baseball game in Miami, Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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Todd Anderson/Special to The Washington Times Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (left), jumping over Florida Marlins runner Brad Davis (6) during an exhibition game, has developed a chemistry with shortstop Ian Desmond (right) after adapting to the position.

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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa safely slides into home as Florida Marlins catcher Brett Hayes (9) misplays the relay during a spring training baseball game, Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa follows through on his grand slam home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, in Washington.