Moore's talent resulting in more playing time

Moore's talent resulting in more playing time

WASHINGTON -- Tyler Moore is slowly starting to get some at-bats and playing time. He's also getting used to playing in the outfield as well as first base, and all of those things are helping him help the Nationals.

Moore was a first baseman throughout his career before slowly seeing time in the outfield. He started Thursday's series finale against the Rays at first base after starting in left field on Tuesday.

The bottom line? The rookie is getting to play.

His bat is the biggest reason for that. Moore went into Thursday's finale batting .306. He said that getting into the lineup more is helping him.

"I feel great, being in a rhythm now and just getting pretty consistent at-bats," Moore said. "I'll do anything to help the team."

Moore has helped the team considerably since being recalled on June 7. He's gone 8-for-17 since then with two doubles, two homers, five RBIs, six runs scored and three steals.

Manager Davey Johnson has become a fan.

"He has a great stroke," Johnson said. "I love his stroke. He's short to the ball ... [and] uses the whole field."