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Can Ian Desmond continue power surge?

Updated: May 23, 2012, 1:56 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
When Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was the team's leadoff hitter, it was easy to point out the obvious flaw of his not getting on base enough for the role. But as Desmond settles into a new role as the upstart team's No. 5 hitter and top power option -- yep, you read that right -- it's time to view Desmond in a different light. Sure, on-base percentage is important no matter what lineup spot you're in, but if you're hitting 25-plus home runs, people tend to overlook it.

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