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8 Danny Espinosa 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 4/25/1987 | Birthplace: Santa Ana, CA | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $526,250 | Owned/Started%: 31/19 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Nationals' Danny Espinosa able to start Sunday vs. Dodgers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa was able to start Sunday against the Dodgers after leaving Saturday's game due to cramping in his calves. 

"I drink a lot of fluids, but for whatever reason yesterday, it got me," Espinosa said, per the Associated Press. "I was cramping in the sixth inning. I got a base hit as I was going down the line, (I felt) tight."

Espinosa is batting .233 (10 for 43) with one double, two home runs, five RBI, four runs, three walks and 13 strikeouts in 12 July games.


Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa leaves Saturday's game


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa left Saturday's game against the Dodgers after diving after a ground ball in the ninth inning, per The Washington Post.

Espinosa had both of his calves cramp up when he made a play for the ball, but he is expected to be fine.

Espinosa went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts before leaving the game. 


Nationals' Danny Espinosa belts 10th home run on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/11/2015) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa had the biggest hit of the night in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Orioles. Espinosa launched a go-ahead, three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to give his club a 6-4 lead.

The home run was Espinosa's 10th of the year, making this the first time he's reached double digits in homers since 2012. 


Nationals' Danny Espinosa homers in two-hit game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa went 2 for 4 in Monday's loss to Cincinnati, the second day in a row Espinosa has had multiple hits in a game. Espinosa has hit in the last three and his 5 for his last 10. 

Espinosa had his 15th double and ninth home run of the year in the game. It's the first time he's had multiple extra-base hits in a game since getting two doubles on June 30. He went deep for the first time since June 10. 


Nationals' Danny Espinosa gets start at shortstop Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Nationals will start infielder Danny Espinosa at shortstop for Thursday's game at Atlanta, reports MASNsports.com.

He will bat second and replace Ian Desmond, who was given the day off. Over his last 10 games, Espinosa is hitting .194 with two doubles and three RBI.

The Nationals are favored (-180) at Atlanta on Thursday.


Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa collects three hits Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa went 3 for 5 at the plate during Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Braves.

Espinosa scored two runs and also had one RBI. Prior to his three-hit game Tuesday, Espinosa was hitting .179 with one double and four RBI in his last 11 games.


Yunel Escobar out of Nationals' lineup on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Escobar left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch. Escobar suffered a hand injury, and while X-rays were negative, he was still suffering from swelling on Saturday. 

Escobar will be replaced at third by Danny Espinosa, who moves over from second. Dan Uggla fills in at second base for the first time since May 27. 


Danny Espinosa in, Anthony Rendon out Sunday for Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon has been benched Sunday against Pittsburgh in favor of Danny Espinosa.

Rendon, who had started every game since June 4, is in a 2-for-16 mini-slump and owns a disappointing slash line on the year of .233/.333/.311.


Nationals' Danny Espinosa replaces Ian Desmond at shortstop


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Danny Espinosa will start at shortstop for the second straight game. Espinosa is in the Nationals' lineup, replacing Ian Desmond

Espinosa has started two previous games at short, the only two games that Desmond has missed this season. 


Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa collects five hits in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was a perfect 5 for 5 at the plate to lead the Nationals to a 16-4 win over the Rays on Tuesday.

Despite the five hits Tuesday, Espinosa did not drive in a run, but he did score three runs. The five hits were a season high for Espinosa.

Over his last 11 games, Espinosa is 13 for 38 with two home runs and four RBI.


Nationals' Danny Espinosa ready to play anywhere


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Nationals utility man Danny Espinosa made the first start of his career at first base Saturday and said he is willing to play anywhere the team needs him as they deal with a rash of injuries, per The Washington Post

Espinosa has played second base, shortstop, third base, left field and now first for the Nationals, and has provided solid defense and a surprising amount of offense. 

"I'm going to play where there's an opportunity to play right now," Espinosa said. "If that's first base or left field, I'll play. … To get in the lineup. It's why I've been working out in left and first, to get in the lineup. Be in there and try to help the team win."

Espinosa is hitting .253 on the season. 


Danny Espinosa gets first career start at first base for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa will start at first base on Saturday, for the first time in his professional career. 

Espinosa has never played the position in 548 career MLB games and 75 games in the minors. 

Espinosa slides over from second base. Anthony Rendon replaces him, starting his third straight game at second base. 


Nationals' Ian Desmond has day off, Danny Espinosa in at SS


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Against the Brewers Thursday night, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will not be in the starting lineup for the first time this season. 

Desmond has started all 59 games up until this point and is likely just receiving a day off. However, he's batting just .128 over his past 10 games and did have a critical error two games ago. Replacing him at shortstop will be Danny Espinosa

Espinosa, conversely, has been hot of late. In his past five games, he's hitting .429 with two home runs and three doubles. 


Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa falls triple-shy of cycle Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa went deep for his eighth home run of the season in the win over the Yankees on Wednesday. It was his second home run in his last five games, and it gave his team 2-0 lead in the fifth inning.

Espinoza also singled, doubled and scored two runs, lifting his batting average up to .263. With Yunel Escobar and Anthony Rendon both healthy and in the lineup, Espionza could see some time in left field in the coming days. 


Anthony Rendon replaces Danny Espinosa in Nationals' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Second baseman Danny Espinosa was held out of the Nationals' lineup on Sunday, after starting eight of the last nine games.

Espinosa is replaced by Anthony Rendon, who starts his second game at second base, both coming in the last four outings. 

Rendon will bat cleanup. 


Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa belts seventh home run on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa had a big night in the 7-5 win over the Cubs on Friday. Espinosa, starting at second base for the injured Yunel Escobar, went 2 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Espinosa launched his seventh home run of the season, a key three-run shot in the second inning.

Espinosa also doubled in the game and has seven hits over his last 26 at-bats. 


Nationals IF Danny Espinosa hits homer in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa hit his sixth home run of the year in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Cubs. 

The homer, which came in a pinch-hit situation, was an insurance run for the Nationals in the top of the ninth inning. Espinosa is now hitting .256/.357/.463 for the season. 

Espinosa is on pace to have the best hitting season of his career. He's never ended a year with a batting average over .247. 


Nationals 2B Dan Uggla gets the start against Phillies


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Nationals 2B Dan Uggla has been solid against left-handed pitchers this year, something his team wants him to continue on Saturday against the Phillies' Cole Hamels.

Uggla, who is hitting .273/.385/.545 in 11 at-bats against lefties this season, will get the start over Danny Espinosa.

In 62 career at-bats against Hamels, Uggla is only hitting .145/.239/.323 with three home runs, two doubles and six RBI.


Nationals' Danny Espinosa belts fifth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa went 1 for 3 at the plate in Washington's 10-5 win over the Padres on Sunday.

Espinosa did his damage in the fifth when he crushed an 0-1 pitch from Ian Kennedy over the right field wall for a three-run shot, his fifth of the season.

"I got a good pitch to hit," Espinosa said to MLB.com. "I was trying to look for something I could drive. I got over-aggressive on the first pitch and I told myself to just be patient."

Manager Matt Williams likes the progress he's seen from Espinosa.

"All I know is last year," Williams said. "Last year his head was getting out in front of his body. This year, he is sitting down at the plate a little bit more and he is letting the ball come to him. Anytime you can do that, you have a better chance of having a little bit of success. He loves to play. I love to put him in there. He delivered again today for us."

Espinosa is hitting .275 with 13 RBI in 102 at-bats this season.


Nationals' Danny Espinosa a different hitter from each side of the plate


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Although the Nationals' Danny Espinosa is a switch hitter, his left-handed swing is much different than this right-handed one, and it's evident by his power numbers, reports the Washington Post.

Espinosa has worked to make his lefty swings more compact to send the barrel straight to ball, resutling in a better performance from the left side in recent years.

“I’m just trying not to do too much, just trying to stay within myself,” Espinosa said. “I’m just trying not to over-think things, stay in rhythm, hit what’s given to me and not try to create something. Really just trying to stay within myself.”

Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Espinosa has more power from the right side, but because he is a switch-hitter, he gets fewer at-bats from the right side -- part of the reason he’s hit 44 home runs left-handed and 15 from the right side.

Nationals' Danny Espinosa hits 2 homers in win over Braves


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa hit two home runs during Friday night's 9-2 win over the Braves. 

Espinosa went 2 for 4 and totaled three RBI. He hit a solo homer in the seventh inning and a two-run shot in the eighth. This ended a hitless streak of two games in a row, where Espinosa at least had one at-bat.

It's also the fourth time this season Espinosa has recorded more than one hit in a game. 

Espinosa has garnered more playing time this spring with Anthony Rendon sidelined with injuries. 


Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar out of lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is out of the starting lineup again Wednesday with Danny Espinosa taking over the spot, the team announced.

Escobar suffered a hand injury in Monday's game with cuts on his hand when Andrelton Simmons slid into his glove trying to reach third base. Espinosa, who has played second for the majority of the year, will move to third with Dan Uggla drawing another start at second.

Manager Matt Williams said that Escobar is available in an emergency situation, as he was for Tuesday's game. He expects the infielder will be ready to return to his regular role Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

The Nationals are currently the favorites (-110) against Atlanta.


Nationals pleased with Espinosa's defense, offense to begin season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa ditched batting exclusively from the right side of the plate after experimenting with it during spring training. While he is hitless in five at-bats batting right-handed, he is batting .313 (5 for 16) with one double, two home runs and three RBI batting left-handed.

"Well I just think he's smooth," Nationals manager Matt Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "I think he's recognizing pitches. I think he's got a good approach at the plate. His BPs have been good from both sides really. It's quiet, and it's compact, and that's what he can do when it's right. He's got power from both sides of the plate. It's special talent when it's right, and when he's easing into it, he's got plenty. I like where he's at."

The Nationals are also pleased with Espinosa's defense, as he has played at second and third base to begin the season.

"As a defender, he's about as good as you can get at the major-league level," first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "Second and short, obviously, but he's athletic enough to play third base. With the arm he has and the instincts he has, I don't think any of us were really surprised to see him excel over there as well."


Nationals' Yunel Escobar (groin) out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is not in the lineup Sunday for a second straight day while nursing a groin injury.

Escobar started each of the team's first 11 games at third base, filling in for the injured Anthony Rendon, before sitting out Saturday with the injury. He said before Sunday's game that he's feeling better and he'll practice on the field, per MLB.com. He also indicated that his MRI only showed groin inflammation, and that he hopes to be back in the lineup Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Danny Espinosa will draw a second straight start at third base against the Phillies. The Nationals are heavy home favorites (-225) Sunday.


Yunel Escobar, Wilson Ramos, Tyler Moore out of Nationals' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies. Escobar was questionable with a groin injury. He's been replaced by Danny Espinosa, who is batting seventh in the lineup.

Manager Matt Williams said Escobar "felt pretty good" Saturday morning. He will receive an MRI. 

Infielder Emmanuel Burriss is not in the starting lineup for Washington's Triple-A affiliate, Syracuse, leaving open the possibility that Escobar may be placed on the disabled list later today. 

Two other Nationals regulars are out of Saturday's lineup: Catcher Wilson Ramos and left fielder Tyler Moore. Jose Lobaton gets the start at catcher, batting eighth. Clint Robinson is in left, batting fifth.