Denard Span’s hitting streak ends at 29 games

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Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 0-for-4 in last night’s win over the Marlins, ending his hitting streak at 29 games.

Span’s streak was the longest in the majors this season, topping Michael Cuddyer’s 27-game streak from June-July. He fell one game short of tying Ryan Zimmerman for the franchise record, which was set in 2009.

Span, who was acquired from the Twins last winter, hit .371 with nine extra-base hits (two home runs), nine RBI, and 20 runs scored during the streak. The 29-year-old is now batting .281/.329/.380 for the year. His batting average was at .258 at the start of the streak.

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Tigers sign Edwin Espinal to minor league deal

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Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team.

Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, batting a cumulative .294/.327/.447 with 15 home runs and 31 doubles in 532 plate appearances. While he’s raked at nearly every level so far, he also profiles well on defense, and rounded off his 2017 performance with a perfect fielding percentage, 208 putouts and a Gold Glove award.

Espinal is untested at the major league level and it’s not yet clear if he’ll make the jump in 2018. He showed some positional versatility during his time in the minors, however, and could take reps at third base or DH if necessary. The Tigers are reportedly on the lookout for pitching depth and left-handed bats — two bills the right-handed Espinal doesn’t fit — and presumably have a lot of moves left to make this winter.