Taveras went 2-for-5 with two RBI, two stolen bases, one run and one strikeout in Sunday's win against the Astros. Taveras homered Saturday, and he made the most of his two singles in Sunday's season finale. He stole two bases in the eighth inning as the Rangers secured an 8-4 win. The 22-year-old took over as the starting center fielder in his first major-league season as he hit .227 with four home runs, six RBI and eight stolen bases over 33 games.
Taveras went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Astros. Taveras had back-to-back jacks with Jeff Mathis in the seventh as he followed up Mathis' three-run blast with a solo shot of his own to put the Rangers up 5-1. The 22-year-old figures to be a long-term piece of the Rangers' rebuild as he heads into the final day of the regular season hitting .219/.305/.395 with 19 runs scored and six stolen bases in 32 games.
Taveras (back) will lead off and play center field Saturday against Houston. Taveras missed Friday's game with a back issue, but it was evidently a minor one. He's good to go for the final two games of his rookie season and will look to improve on his .702 OPS.
Texas manager Chris Woodward said Taveras was held out of Friday's game with a back issue, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News reports. Taveras had started 30 consecutive games since being called up Aug. 24, so it was natural to assume Friday was a rest day. Woodward did not elaborate on the injury.
Taveras went 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a 10-6 loss to the Athletics on Friday. The speedster continues to make an impact on the bases since being called up. Unfortunately, hitting leadoff on a team with the second-fewest runs scored in the league doesn't generate a ton of fantasy appeal. Nonetheless, the 22-year-old is slashing a healthy .259/.355/.556 over his last seven games.
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