Span gets first taste of NL-style maneuvering

WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span was shocked to learn that he was part of a double-switch in the top of the sixth inning during the 9-0 loss to the Braves on Sunday afternoon.

After making the last out in the fifth inning, manager Davey Johnson decided to take Span out of the game and put left-hander Zack Duke in his spot in the lineup, while outfielder Roger Bernadina hit ninth. At first, Span thought he did something wrong. Bench coach Randy Knorr explained why he was out of the game.

"I didn't know what the heck was going on. It was the first time being double-switched. Being in the National League, I thought maybe I got benched," Span said. "They had to break it down to me to let me know what's going on. I still don't understand it. I shook my head and took a seat."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.