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Taylor one of A's top outfield prospects

The Sports Xchange
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Michael Taylor did not get into Oakland's 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. He wasn't even on the lineup card.

The A's had Taylor, Triple-A Sacramento's hottest player, on hand in Baltimore just in case Coco Crisp continued to struggle with the illness that had kept him out of seven of the previous eight games.

Manager Bob Melvin said Taylor will head back to Sacramento on Saturday if Crisp comes out of Friday's action well, but he emphasized that just getting the call to come wait in Baltimore is a sign of the A's regard for Taylor, because the team has so many outfield options.

It's that large number of outfield options that might continue to keep Taylor at Sacramento, despite his .366 average and 17 RBIs in 19 games. Collin Cowgill also is at Sacramento, and he impressed the A's throughout spring and the first weeks of the season. Brandon Moss recorded his 1,000th minor-league hit on Thursday.

Like Moss, Jeff Fiorentino, on the Sacramento DL, has big-league time, and Jermaine Mitchell was mentioned during the winter as a potential starting outfielder for Oakland.

With the A's outfield currently full, and back to health, plus Manny Ramirez eligible to play at the end of May, DH duties for Seth Smith and Jonny Gomes will be limited.

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