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Bill Ladson

Span sets Nationals' single-season hits record

Leadoff man passes Guzman with third-inning double

Span sets Nationals' single-season hits record

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann wasn't the only one to put himself in the record books during Sunday afternoon's no-hitter. Denard Span did the same in the Nationals' 1-0 victory over the Marlins. With a double off Henderson Alvarez in the third inning, Span broke Cristian Guzman's Nats record for the most hits in a season (184).

"Any time you are No. 1 in any category, any list, it's a good feeling," Span said. "It's a humbling feeling. It's just awesome."

Span was taken out of the game for pinch-runner Nate Schierholtz after his double and was given a standing ovation as he headed toward the dugout.

"Ah, man, that meant the world to me," Span said. "The only thing I could think about was thanking God. He kept me healthy all year long -- throughout ups and downs. It came full circle when the fans acknowledged my hard work."

Span is arguably having the best year of his career. Aside from ending the regular season with a .302 average, he is among the league leaders in runs scored (94) and stolen bases (31).

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