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Regular Season .216 1 8 .543 3

Top Michael Taylor News

  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Taking seat Tuesday

    Taylor is absent from the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Giants.

    Ji Hwan Bae -- who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier Tuesday -- will get the start in center field. Taylor has just a .544 OPS and a 35.8 percent strikeout for Pittsburgh this season.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Not in Friday's lineup

    Taylor is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Taylor started the previous four games but will receive a day off after he went 2-for-13 with a double, two runs and five strikeouts during that stretch. Jack Suwinski will shift to center field Friday while Connor Joe starts in right.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: On bench for series finale

    Taylor is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

    Taylor will sit out the series finale while the Pirates roll out an outfield of Bryan Reynolds, Jack Suwinski and Connor Joe from left to right. Though Joe seems to be encroaching on Taylor's everyday role against right-handed pitching, Taylor might have bought himself a little job security by going 3-for-8 with a home run between the first two games of the series with Chicago.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Supplies first homer of season

    Taylor went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's 10-9 win over the Cubs.

    Taylor had only three extra-base hits -- all doubles -- across his first 102 plate appearances, but he managed his first homer of the campaign in the fourth inning. He remains Pittsburgh's primary center fielder, though he has just a 65 wRC+ with three stolen bases.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Heading to bench Wednesday

    Taylor is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Angels.

    Taylor will receive a breather for the day game after he went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts while making a pair of starts in center field over the first two games of the series. Jack Suwinski will replace Taylor as the Pirates' starting center fielder Wednesday.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Resting Sunday

    Taylor is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.

    Taylor will hit the bench for Sunday's series finale after he manned center field both of the previous two days while going 0-for-5 with a walk. Jack Suwinski replaces Taylor in the lineup as the Pirates' starting center fielder.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: On bench Thursday

    Taylor is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Athletics.

    Taylor will take a seat for the series finale after he had manned center field in each of the past three games while going 1-for-9 with two walks. Jack Suwinski will cover center field Wednesday and will be flanked by Connor Joe in left field and Edward Olivares in right field.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Gets breather Saturday

    Taylor isn't in the Pirates' lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Taylor will sit down Saturday after going 2-for-4 during the Pirates' loss in Friday's series opener. While he rests, Bryan Reynolds, Jack Suwinski and Connor Joe will start across Pittsburgh's outfield.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: On bench Wednesday

    Taylor is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Taylor will sit for the second time in four games, enabling Jack Suwinski to pick up a start in center field while Connor Joe and Edward Olivares occupy the corner-outfield spots. With Minnesota last season, Taylor was a sneaky source of fantasy value with 21 home runs and 13 stolen bases, but he's not providing much counting-stats juice in the early stages of the 2024 campaign. Through 66 plate appearances over 18 games, Taylor is hitting .267 but has yet to hit a home run and has stolen only one base.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Won't start Sunday

    Taylor is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Taylor got the start for the first two games of the series, going 2-for-7 while striking out three times. Connor Joe will return to the starting lineup in right field while Jack Suwinski moves to center field.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Sitting Saturday

    Taylor isn't in the Pirates' lineup for Saturday's contest against Philadelphia.

    Taylor tallied a base hit in both of the first two games of the series, though he also struck out four times in that span. Bryan Reynolds, Jack Suwinski and Connor Joe will start in the outfield while Taylor rests.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Sitting out third straight

    Taylor is absent from the lineup for Monday's contest against the Tigers.

    This will be the third straight game he hasn't started. Taylor is hitting .429/.438/.536 on the season, so it's possible he's dealing with some sort of injury. Jack Suwinski is center field again Monday.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Takes seat Sunday

    Taylor is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus Baltimore, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Taylor is working as Pittsburgh's primary center fielder to begin the season, though he finds himself on the bench Sunday for the second straight game. Jack Suwinski will shift to center field while Bryan Reynolds and Connor Joe start in left and right, respectively.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Sits down Saturday

    Taylor isn't in the Pirates' lineup Saturday against the Orioles, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Taylor saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-3 performance Friday, and he'll now get his first day off of the season. Bryan Reynolds, Jack Suwinski and Connor Joe will start across the outfield while Taylor rests.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Fitting in well in Pittsburgh

    Taylor went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Monday against the Nationals.

    Taylor has started four of Pittsburgh's first five games in center field while hitting either eighth or ninth. He's fit well in that role, maintaining a .471 batting average and .588 slugging percentage across 21 plate appearances. Taylor has benefited from some good fortune when putting the ball in play, but he should remain locked into a starting role thanks to his defense.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: On bench for series finale

    Taylor is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Miami, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Taylor started the first three games of the season and will receive a day off after going 4-for-12 with two doubles, a walk, two RBI and four runs. Jack Suwinski will shift to center field while Connor Joe and Edward Olivares start in the corner outfield spots.

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  • Pirates' Michael Taylor: Headed to Pittsburgh

    Taylor signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Taylor hasn't yet participated in spring training, but he does have a team for 2024. He spent last year with the Twins and slashed .220/.278/.442 with a career-high 21 home runs while adding 51 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 388 plate appearances. Taylor could fill the short side of a platoon in center field for Pittsburgh since the lefty-hitting Jack Suwinski has struggled against southpaws.

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  • Twins' Michael Taylor: Not in Game 3 lineup

    Taylor is not in the lineup Tuesday for Game 3 of the ALDS versus the Astros, Bobby Nightengale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    The Twins are going with Willi Castro in center field after Taylor started there in each of the team's first four postseason contests. Taylor has gone 2-for-11 with two singles so far during the 2023 playoffs.

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  • Twins' Michael Taylor: Starting in center field

    Taylor is starting in center field and batting ninth Tuesday in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series versus the Blue Jays.

    Willi Castro saw plenty of action in center field for the Twins in September while Taylor was banged up, but Taylor handled the position for nine of the final 12 regular-season contests and gets the call in Game 1. It wouldn't be a surprise if he's removed for a pinch-hitter mid-game Tuesday if the Twins are trailing.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Lake Forest, IL
Age: 33
Experience: 10
Bats/Throws: R, R