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Span early to camp, eager to join new team


VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals position players are not required to report until Friday, but center fielder Denard Span was in camp Wednesday and was seen working out at Space Coast Stadium.

Span arrived in Viera on Tuesday night and acknowledged that he had a tough time sleeping because he was thinking about joining his new team. Span was acquired from the Twins last November for pitcher Alex Meyer.

"I went to sleep about 12:30 a.m., but I kept waking up every couple of hours. It's was like the first day of school," Span said.

Span is the leadoff hitter the Nationals have been looking to acquire for several years. With him on the roster, it means that Jayson Werth can move to the middle of the order. Asked if there is any added pressure to produce at the top of the lineup, Span said, "I don't think so. The team is already in place. I don't feel I have to come in here and do a whole lot. I just have to do half of what I've done in the past and I think I'll be all right. They already have a good team here and they are just looking for me to play good defense and put good at-bats together. I know if I'm healthy and on the field, I'll be OK."

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