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PADRES BEAT ASTROS 2-0
Houston Astros center fielder Willy Taveras awaits the start of the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, CA on August 23, 2005. The Padres won 2-0. (UPI Photo/Roger Williams)
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Willy Taveras (born December 25, 1981, in Tenares, Dominican Republic) is a center fielder who is currently playing for the Washington Nationals organization. He bats and throws right-handed.

Taveras played in 10 games at the end of the 2004 Astros season, mostly as a pinch runner.

In 2005, he led the majors in infield hits (71), bunt hits (31), and singles (152), and was tops among rookies in runs (82), hits (172), and stolen bases (34; 6th in the NL). He hit .291. Taveras was the Astros' starting center fielder during his rookie season (2005), replacing Carlos Beltrán, who signed with the New York Mets in the offseason. After the season, Taveras was voted National League Rookie of the Year by the players (Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies won the actual Rookie of the Year Award).

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