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3 Michael Taylor CF
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 3/26/1991 | Birthplace: Ft. Lauderdale, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 36/25 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Nationals' Michael Taylor returns to lineup Sunday; Yunel Escobar out


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor was back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins, reports SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Taylor has not started the last two games because of a knee injury.

Meanwhile, infielder Yunel Escobar remains out with a hand injury. It will be the third straight game he has missed due to the issue.


Yunel Escobar (hand), Michael Taylor (knee) still out for Nationals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/29/2015) The Nationals will once again be without two key members of their lineup on Saturday, as both Yunel Escobar (hand) and Michael Taylor (knee) are out of Saturday's lineup against the Marlins.

Both players were injured during Thursday's game and will be missing their second straight game with their injuries. The Nationals have not passed along any updates on their status, so they are both considered day-to-day at this point.


Nationals CF Michael Taylor a no-go Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) As anticipated, Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor is not in the lineup Friday night against Miami. He could miss the entire series with a knee bruise.

Taylor sustained the injury when he collided with a wall Thursday trying to make a catch.


Nationals' Michael Taylor (knee) expected to need rest


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) After suffering a knee bruise in Thursday's game, Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor is expected to sit out the next few games in order to rest the injury, reports The Washington Post. Taylor had the leave Thursday's contest after colliding with the center field wall.

Nationals CF Michael Taylor leaves with knee injury Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) As if the Nationals could use any more bad news, their young center fielder Michael Taylor was forced to leave Thursday's game with a right knee injury. Taylor collided with the center field wall at Nationals Park and was removed from the game.

Taylor was 0 for 2 before leaving the game. The Nationals should supply an update on Taylor's status before too long.


Nationals' Michael Taylor busts out of slump with four-hit game


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/25/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor enjoyed the first four-hit game of his career on Saturday, as he helped the team beat the Pirates 9-3. Taylor went 4 for 5 with a trio of singles and a two-run home run.

The home run was Taylor's seventh of the year, and it gave the Pirates their six-run advantage in the eighth inning. 

The young outfielder has been seeing regular playing time with several primary members of the Nationals dealing with injuries. But he's been struggling recently, as the four-hit game on Saturday gives him a .186 batting average over his past 10 games. 

"It's definitely nice from a confidence standpoint," Taylor said, per MLB.com. "It's just one game, but it definitely helps."


Nationals OF Michael Taylor drives in three in win


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Outfielder Michael Taylor broke out of a slump to spark the Nationals to a come-from-behind victory over the Mets on Wednesday, delivering the game-tying hit in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Taylor entered the game in a 1-for-23 skid, but finished the day 2-for-5 with three RBI, none bigger than his two-out single in the eighth that erased a 3-1 Mets advantage. He also drove in Washington's first run of the day with a fourth-inning single.

Taylor is now hitting .234 with 38 RBIs on the season.


Nationals CF Michael Taylor slams fifth home run of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor hit his fifth home run of the season during Saturday's win over the Giants.

Taylor went 1 for 5 with a solo blast in the first inning to start off the scoring in what ended as a 9-3 win.

Taylor is hitting .321 with 17 hits, five doubles, a home run and five RBI in his last 14 games.


Nationals OF Michael Taylor pushes hit streak to nine games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor pushed his hitting streak to nine games, as he totaled at least one hit in each game of the doubleheader Sunday against the Phillies. He went 3 for 9 with one double, one RBI, one run and three strikeouts in the doubleheader.

Taylor is batting .389 (14 for 36) during his hitting streak, raising his season average from .222 to .253. He also has five doubles, four RBI, seven runs, seven strikeouts and two stolen bases in his last nine games.


Nationals' Michael Taylor gets two hits, steals base on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor went 2 for 4 with an RBI, a run scored and stolen base in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Braves. Taylor swiped his eighth bag of the year, and drove in his 25th run.

After snapping a modest four-game hitting streak last week, Taylor has since started a new one. The two-hit effort on Tuesday extended his current streak to five games. During that span, he is batting .421 (8 for 19).


Nationals OF Michael Taylor extends hitting streak to four games


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor went 2 for 6 with an RBI in his team's win over the Rays on Tuesday.

The multi-hit performance extended his current hitting streak to four games -- he's hitting .294 with five hits during that stretch.


Nationals OF Michael Taylor hits game-tying home run Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor started Wednesday's tilt against the Yankees on the bench. But that didn't stop him from coming up with a huge hit in the contest.

Taylor entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the seventh inning. And in the top of the eighth, with his team down 4-2, he launched a two-run home run with two outs to tie the game at four. It was his only hit in two at-bats on Wednesday.

The home run was Taylor's fifth of the season, and according to the Nationals, all five of his longballs have either tied the game or given the Nationals a lead. That's clutch hitting.

Taylor is batting .227 on the season. 


Nationals planning to use Taylor, Moore, Robinson in left field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) The Nationals plan to rotate Michael Taylor, Tyler Moore and Clint Robinson in left field with outfielder Jayson Werth reportedly out until August due to his wrist injury, manager Matt Williams said Friday.

However, Williams left the door open to changing those plans if Taylor, Moore or Robinson heat up offensively.


Nationals Michael Taylor to start in left field against Phillies


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor will start in left field against the Phillies on Saturday.

Taylor will face off against left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels. Taylor is a career .261/.320/.478 hitter against left-handed pitchers, and has homered against Hamels once in 5 at-bats.


Nationals' Clint Robinson makes the start in left field Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Nationals left fielder Clint Robinson is making his first start since April 23. Robinson is in the starting lineup Friday against the Phillies, batting seventh.

With regular left fielder Jayson Werth on the disabled list, Michael Taylor and Tyler Moore have been splitting most of the time in the outfield. But they will be on the bench as Robinson will draw the start Friday. He's had just nine at-bats this month, with his only hit going for an RBI double which came in his last appearance as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday.


Nationals' Bryce Harper, Matt Williams ejected vs. Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams and outfielder Bryce Harper were ejected in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday night's game against the Yankees. 

In a strange sequence of events, umpire Marvin Hudson told Harper to get back into the batter's box following a called strike. Harper said something in return to Hudson, who then tossed Harper from the game. 

Williams then ran onto the field to argue with Hudson, who subsequently tossed him as well. Williams then kicked some dirt onto the plate. 

Harper was fired up after the game when asked about the ejection. 

"I don't think 40,000 people paid to watch him ump tonight," he said, via CSN Washington's Chase Hughes

Harper's at-bat was finished by Michael Taylor, who struck out. Harper finished the game 0-1. 

This is the second time in a week both Harper and Williams have been ejected from a game. The previous time was against the Diamondbacks on May 13.


OF's Jayson Werth, Denard Span out of Nationals' lineup for Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Jayson Werth (wrist) and Denard Span are out of the Nationals’ lineup for Sunday in San Diego, as Tyler Moore will make his second straight start in left field, batting sixth, and Michael Taylor will bat leadoff and play centerfield.

Werth left Friday’s game after getting hit on the wrist with a pitch and sat out Saturday’s win.

Span, who's started 12 of the last 13 games for the Nats in centerfield, will sit out for rest.


Nationals' Michael Taylor adusting well to role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor has served as a backup who plays semiregularly to give Denard Span and Jayson Werth extra rest after undergoing offseason surgeries, and the young outfielder hasn't had a tough time adjusting to the new role, the Washington Post reports.

"Not too bad, honestly," Taylor said of adjusting to his current role. "I talk to the guys and they’ve really given me some good advice and some guidance on how to do things the right way. It’s been an adjustment but nothing too bad."

Taylor has seen action in 11 of the team's 13 games since being recalled, making five starts.

"Just being comfortable in my routine, kind of getting used to the timing of things, when I need to get going and get loose, when I might have an at-bat or something like that," Taylor said. "Other than that, I just try to come in every day like I’m playing."

Taylor has hit .268/.316/.479 with three home runs, 13 RBI and three stolen bases in 71 at-bats.


D-Backs P Addison Reed regrets pitch to Nats' Michael Taylor


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) It didn't take long for Diamondbacks pitcher Addison Reed to know Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor was about to do some damage on a pitch he'd just released. 

Taylor, subbing in for the ejected Bryce Harper, took a 1-0 pitch deep to center field for a grand slam in the ninth inning. This became the difference in Washington's 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks. 

"The ball, the grand slam that went out, was belt-high and over the middle. I haven't gone back and looked at it, but I can almost guarantee it was belt-high," Reed said, via MLB.com. "Right out of the hand, it felt like a terrible pitch, and he did what he was supposed to do with it."


Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor cracks go-ahead grand slam


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor wasn't expected to be needed on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. But when the outfielder came on for Bryce Harper after he was ejected, he did not disappoint.

Taylor stepped up to the plate for the first time in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and Washington down one, his first plate appearance with the bases loaded. He then crushed a shot over the center field wall for a grand slam off of Addison Reed, his first career grand slam. 

Taylor boosted his average to .268 with 13 RBI in 71 at-bats this season.


Nationals' Span sits; Escobar, Desmond move up Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Span has made six straight starts atop the Nationals lineup but will get a breather Sunday. He'll be replaced in center field by Michael Taylor, who is batting eighth.

With Span out, third baseman Yunel Escobar will lead off for the second time this season, while Ian Desmond will jump to the No. 2 spot for just the second time in the last 10 games.

The Nationals are favorites (-160) against the Braves Sunday.


Nationals LF Jayson Werth (shoulder) returns to lineup Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth is back in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Braves. Werth missed the last two games was still being bothered by a nagging shoulder injury that cost him the first six games of the season. 

"I thought I was through it," he said, per The Washington Post. "I thought I'd be good and then it popped back up. But I really don't foresee any more problems with it. I said that a couple times now but it flared back up. The good news is that it calms back down and I get back to neutral, zero."

Werth is trying to get on track with the bat, as he has just three hits over 17 at-bats in May. His is 3 for 8 lifetime against Braves starter Eric Stults, who is on the mound Friday.

"I'm getting close on all my weights in all my lifts and are coming back," Werth said. "It took some time. I'd say in the last two, three weeks it's really come back. I think I'll be fine. I've hit the balls good in batting practice. The power is there. Everything has just been more timing right now."

Michael Taylor, who had replaced Werth, will be back on the bench for Friday's game. 


Jayson Werth sits again for Nationals on Wednesday vs. Marlins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth was not in the starting lineup once again on Wednesday against the Marlins. Werth, who missed the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury, was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game, though no injury is being reported.

Michael Taylor drew the start in left field on Wednesday, batting eighth in the lineup for manager Matt Williams. 


Nationals LF Jayson Werth gets night off Tuesday vs. Marlins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth was given the night off and was held out of the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Marlins. Werth has really been struggling at the plate, as he is just .195 over his last 10 games with zero extra base hits. 

Michael Taylor replaced Werth in left field for manager Matt Williams on Tuesday. 


Denard Span to miss second straight start for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Nationals center fielder Denard Span will miss his second straight start on Saturday. Span has been sidelined with an injured core muscle.

Michael Taylor will replace Span in center and at leadoff for the Nationals.