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    Nationals SS Ian Desmond gets a day off Monday vs. Reds

    Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond isn't in the lineup Monday against the Reds, William Ladson of MLB.com reports. Desmond collected three hits, a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's game against the Phillies, but he will get a day off Monday following six straight starts at shortstop. Top prospect Trea Turner will start in his place at shortstop Monday, batting second for the Nationals.

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    Nationals' Ian Desmond powers up for 18th homer in losing effort

    Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Thursday. Desmond had just five hits in his previous eight games, so the breakout was nice to see. It's been a tough year for the talented shortstop, as he sits with a .236 average in 142 games played this season. The positive for Desmond is that he is still providing solid counting stats, as he has 18 homers and 12 steals to go along with 57 RBI and 66 runs scored this year, which all rank in the top-15 for shortstops.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Ian Desmond drives in four in Nationals' win

    Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 6 with a double, a run and four RBI in Tuesday's win over Colorado. Desmond is 7 for 17 over his last four games. His RBI total was a season high. Desmond has 13 RBI in the month of August and matched his RBI total for the last eight games.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Nationals SS Ian Desmond homers twice in Monday's win

    Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 4 at the plate with three RBI to help lead the Nationals to a 8-3 win over the Dodgers on Monday. Desmond hit his 13th home run of the season in the second inning when he smacked a two-run home run off Brett Anderson. He added his 14th home run with a solo shot off J.P. Howell in the eighth. Prior to his three-hit game Monday, Desmond was hitting .267 with one home run and five RBI in his last eight games.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Nationals SS Ian Desmond homers in third straight game Saturday

    Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond homered for the third straight day on Saturday. Desmond went 2 for 4 with the two-run shot in the 9-3 win over the Pirates. Desmond has now gone deep in three straight games and four times in his last six contests.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Nationals SS Ian Desmond goes deep in loss on Friday

    Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond continued to crawl out of his season-long slump on Friday. Desmond went 1 for 3 in the 7-5 loss to the Pirates. The one hit was a solo home run in the sixth inning, tying the game at 5-5. The home run was Desmond's 10th of the year and the third in his last five games. He is 8 for 16 with five RBI over those five contests. He still owns a disppointing .218 average on the year, however.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Nationals SS Ian Desmond continues to come alive with two hits

    A miserable 3-for-44 slump is becoming more and more a distant memory for Nationals shorstop Ian Desmond, thanks to some fine hitting lately. Desmond was the lone bright light at the plate for his team Thursday in Pittsburgh with two hits, including a single and two-run homer in the ninth. He now has nine home runs on the season, including two in the last four games. He also has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Nationals SS Ian Desmond homers in Monday's win

    Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond smacked his eighth home run of the season during Monday's 7-2 win over the Mets. Desmond hit the two-run shot off Alex Torres in the eighth inning. He finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI. Prior to Monday's game, Desmond was hitting .068 with one triple and one RBI in his last 13 games.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Nationals GM expecting Ian Desmond to bounce back in 2nd half

    Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond did not have a banner first half offensively, as he hit .211 with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 84 games. He certainly wasn't close to the offensive threat he had been the previous three seasons. Despite a rough first half, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is confident the 29-year-old shortstop, who will be a free agent after the season, will bounce back in the second half. "I expect him to be Ian Desmond," Rizzo said, per The Washington Post. "He's our shortstop, he's gonna be our shortstop. He's a leader of the ballclub. He's a three-time Silver Slugger that we think he's going to be Ian Desmond in the second half. He's got a great attitude, a great work ethic. "For a guy who has struggled like he has, he still comes to the ballpark with a smile every day and a bounce in his step. The one thing that he gives, not only Matt Williams but me, is that he plays every day. We know who our shortstop is every given day and that's an important component to his skillset. "He's a proven player. You know, I always look at the back of the baseball cards and figure out what kind of player they're going to be. I think that you see what Desi's numbers are now, what they should be and I see him ascending to reach those numbers in the second half."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Nationals' Ian Desmond not starting Thursday

    With the Nationals giving shortstop Ian Desmond the day off Thursday, the team turned to infielder Danny Espinosa to start at shortstop and bat second at Atlanta, reports MASNsports.com. Desmond is hitting .158 with two home runs and five RBI in his last 10 games. He was given the day off Thursday to correct a mechanical flaw in his swing. "We're trying to create a little bit of different muscle memory," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "I think he's back to where he wants to be with regard to where his hands are when he starts [his swing], which will allow him to have a better path to the baseball. "So today we're giving him a day because he's working extra. Today is a day for him to get that work done." The Nationals are favored (-180) at Atlanta on Thursday.