Rendon homers in Auburn rehab debut, starts as DH tonight; Karns shines again

Nationals prospect Anthony Rendon homered for the third consecutive game in his rehab debut with short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays. Rendon smacked a solo shot in his first at-bat Thursday, struck out twice and walked.

Rendon will continue his rehab tonight as the designated hitter. He will then get Saturday off. Auburn manager Gary Cathcart confirmed yesterday that the plan with Rendon would be for him to play third base, serve as the designated hitter and get some days off. Rendon is recovering from a fractured left ankle and has approximately 13 days remaining on his 20-day rehab stint.

Meanwhile at Lynchburg, Va., on Thursday, right-hander Nathan Karns won his seventh consecutive decision. Karns went six innings and allowed one run on seven hits with just one free pass in high Single-A Potomac's 3-1 win at Lynchburg. The Hillcats' Emerson Landoni's solo homer was the first run Karns (7-2) had allowed in 19 1/3 innings.

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