Span looking for fresh start

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VIERA, Fla. (AP) - When Denard Span put on his new Washington Nationals jersey for the first time recently, he couldn't help but take a look in the mirror.
Span liked what he saw.

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``It even felt good,'' he said. ``It felt like my uniform fits a little better than it fit in Minnesota. It's probably my waist. I don't know if it's the pants, the material or something, but it seemed like it hugged my waist a little bit better.

``It was a refreshing feeling, like a new beginning. (I'm) a little energized.''

The Nationals, who held their first full-squad workout on Sunday, sent minor league pitcher Alex Meyer to the Twins in exchange for the 28-year-old Span in November.

Span fills a void the team has long been searching to fill - a speedy defensive center fielder who can bat at the top of the order and has a career .357 on-base percentage.

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