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One-hundred and thirteen years ago today, pre-Racing President Teddy Roosevelt delivered his “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick” speech at the Minnesota State Fair. Roosevelt wasn’t talking about baseball, but Denard Span and his Nationals teammates have done just that on their West Coast road trip.

Washington’s recent power surge continued Monday in Los Angeles, where Span had the second two-homer game of his career in a 6-4 win over the Dodgers. With three home runs since Wednesday, 75 percent of Span’s home runs this season and nearly 10 percent of the home runs he’s hit in his seven-year career have come in the last five games.

Span, who is 8 for 22 with five extra-base hits since Wednesday, can’t explain his current streak.

“I couldn’t tell you, man,” Span told MASN’s Dan Kolko after the game. “Just seeing the ball good and trying to put good swings on the ball. Fortunately they’ve been getting out of the park for me.”

Kolko asked Span for the best joke he heard in the dugout Monday.

“Probably saying you’re going to get a blood test and a urine test probably before and after the game tomorrow, so I’m definitely going to be looking out for those guys,” he said. 

Span did offer one possible explanation for his two-homer night to reporters after the game. 

“Last night, I did eat Roscoe’s chicken and waffles,” Span said. “I think that might have helped a little bit tonight.”

Thanks to @federalbaseball for the Vines.