For most veterans, the goal of spring training is simple: Get yourself ready for the regular season. For young players and others on the bubble, the goal is entirely different: Prove to club officials you deserve a spot on the Opening Day roster. And nobody in Nationals camp for the next month is going to fall into that latter category more than Michael Taylor.
With Denard Span all but certain to open the season on the DL, Taylor has an opportunity to seize the starting center field job. Look for him to play a whole lot there over the next few weeks, including today in Jupiter as the Nationals face the Marlins. Also look for plenty of at-bats for Tony Gwynn Jr., a veteran fall-back option who is starting in right field today.
Interesting pitching matchup, with Max Scherzer making his second start of the spring for the Nationals (he’ll…
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