Span eyeing more milestones this season

Span eyeing more milestones this season

NEW YORK -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span reached a personal milestone on Friday, when he stole his 30th base of the season. But Span has two other goals he would like to reach before the regular season ends.

Span is aiming to score 100 runs and collect 200 hits. He is seven runs shy of the century mark in runs scored and 27 hits away from 200 after the Nats' 3-0 win over the Mets on Sunday. What would those numbers mean to Span?

"One of my goals was to score 100 runs, because that's part of my job description -- which is getting on base and scoring runs for my team," Span said. "I didn't set out to have 200 hits, which seems like a historic milestone for hitters that have good seasons. It would be nice to get that."

Span didn't come close to reaching those numbers during the previous four seasons because of slumps or injuries. This year could be a different story. It helps that he has a great relationship with hitting coach Rick Schu, whom Span credits for his success this year.

"It started all the way from last year during the second half of the season with my hitting coach, Rick Schu," Span said. "It's just forming a good relationship, good communication. I think we just formed a good bond. We work real well together. He has been a huge part of my success."

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