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Taylor leads the way for Nats in well-rounded effort vs. Marlins

Taylor leads the way for Nats in well-rounded effort vs. Marlins

The Michael Taylor the Nationals saw on Saturday afternoon in their win over the Marlins was the version they probably expected to see through the first month of the season, when he unexpectedly struggled after tearing through spring training with an average over .400.

It was just one outing, but Taylor showed exactly how many ways he can affect a game. He matched a career-high by reaching base four times, including two walks. He stole two bases, scored a run and also made a running grab in center field to end the second inning.

Few players on the Nationals have the versatility Taylor can provide and that was on full display in the 6-4 victory.

"This is what we had hoped to see from Michael," manager Dusty Baker said. "Michael Taylor, I mean he's a talent big-time. That's why we held on to him because we know potential he has and how he can do more things to win a game than just hitting... he had a good game today."

"He's a great player," starter Stephen Strasburg said. "I think he's young and he's still kind of figuring things out, but the sky is the limit for him."

Taylor made his 24th start of the season in 29 total games. Even after landing two hits - including a double - on Sunday, Taylor is batting just .198/.244/.315. 

Finding a way to stay productive without consistent playing time is not easy, but Taylor feels good about how he's swinging the bat at the moment.

"My routine hasn't changed. I come in every day and get my work in the cage to prepare for the game," he said. "For me, I don't want to get out there and be overly aggressive coming off the bench. I think that's easy to do in a situation like that when you're not getting a ton of at-bats. I wanted to go up there and just be patient and try to wait for my pitch."

With Ben Revere healthy and both Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper in store, playing time could be few and far between for Taylor. He will need to maximize his limited opportunities, just as he did on Saturday.

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.