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Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Tallies multi-hit game
Tsutsugo went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Saturday against the Cardinals.
Tsutsugo roped an RBI double over the head of Harrison Bader in the bottom of the second inning for his first knock of the game. He added a single later, recording the first multi-hit effort in his last eight starts. In that span, he has hit just .040 with two RBI and no runs scored. Despite his struggles, Tsutsugo has remained the Pirates' primary first baseman and is hitting .175/.276/.233 across 123 plate appearances for the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Out of lineup
Tsutsugo will sit Friday against the Reds.
Tsutsugo has been unable to recapture the form he showed down the stretch last season, as he's hitting .188/.303/.250 with just one home run through 25 games. He'll hit the bench against a righty (Tyler Mahle) for the second time in three games, with Michael Chavis taking over at first base.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: On bench Wednesday
Tsutsugo will take a seat in Wednesday's series finale against the Dodgers.
Tsutsugo will be on the bench Wednesday after starting three straight games, going 2-for-10 with a double and two RBI over that stretch. Michael Chavis will draw the start at first base and bat fifth as the Pirates try to take the series from Dodgers.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Cranks first homer
Tsutsugo went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds.
Tsutsugo was on the bench for the first game of the doubleheader, but he returned for the second matchup to start at first base while hitting fifth. He delivered a two-run blast in the first inning, his first home run of the season. Tsutsugo has had a slow start to the campaign, as he's hitting just .191/.310/.250 across 78 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: On bench for matinee
Tsutsugo isn't starting the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Cincinnati.
Tsutsugo has gone 2-for-10 with a walk and two strikeouts over his last three games, but he'll be out of the lineup for a second straight matchup. Michael Chavis will start at first base and bat fifth during Saturday's matinee.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Takes seat for nightcap
Tsutsugo isn't starting the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
Tsutsugo started in Wednesday's matinee and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Michael Chavis will replace him at first base and bat fifth in the second game.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Takes seat Friday
Tsutsugo isn't starting Friday's game against the Padres.
Tsutsugo has had fairly consistent playing time early in the season, but he'll retreat to the bench for a second straight game. Michael Chavis will take over at first base and bat seventh.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Heads to bench
Tsutsugo will sit Thursday against the Brewers, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Tsutsugo sits for just the third time this season. He's so far been unable to replicate the success he had down the stretch for the Pirates last year, as he's hitting just .185/.299/.204 with zero home runs through 16 games. Michael Chavis will start at first base.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Not starting Friday
Tsutsugo isn't starting Friday's game against the Cubs.
Tsutsugo started the last three games and went 1-for-12 with a double, two RBI and a walk. However, Michael Chavis will start at first base and bat fifth Friday.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Sits for first time
Tsutsugo will sit for the first time this season Monday against Milwaukee.
Tsutsugo's day off comes against lefty Eric Lauer, but he's started against four southpaws already this season, so there's little reason to fear that he's slipping into a platoon role. Such a role could be on the table eventually if he can't reverse his slow start, however, as he's yet to record an extra-base hit. Michael Chavis will be the first baseman Monday.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Reaches base three times
Tsutsugo went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI Sunday against the Nationals.
Tsutsugo delivered his fourth RBI of the season on a groundout in the seventh inning. He has shown strong patience early in the campaign, maintaining a .368 on-base percentage while drawing seven free passes across 38 plate appearances. On the other hand, Tsutsugo has yet to produce an extra-base hit and is slugging just .241 as a result.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Resting Monday
Tsutsugo is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals.
Tsutsugo will get his first rest day of the season Monday, after he went 4-for-12 with two RBI through the initial three games of the series in St. Louis. The 30-year-old closed out the weekend with a dud -- he went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in Sunday's 9-4 win -- but Tsutsugo should continue to handle a near-everyday role for Pittsburgh at either first base or designated hitter, with Daniel Vogelbach typically starting at the other position. While Tsutsugo rests Monday, Michael Chavis will pick up a second straight start in his stead after slugging a grand slam and a double in Sunday's win.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Cleared to play Tuesday
Tsutsugo (neck) will start at first base and bat third in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.
Tsutsugo's inclusion in Pittsburgh's final lineup of spring training implies that he'll be good to go for the Pirates' Opening Day game Thursday against the Cardinals in St. Louis. After unproductive stints with the Rays and Dodgers to begin last season, Tsutsugo emerged as a pillar in the Pittsburgh lineup after the team signed him in August. Over his 144 plate appearances with the Pirates, Tsutsugo produced a .268/.347/.535 slash line (134 wRC+), solidifying himself as an everyday player heading into 2022 in the process.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Leaves with neck tightness
Tsutsugo was removed from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays due to neck tightness, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The Pirates don't appear overly concerned about the injury, with manager Derek Shelton saying after the game that Tsutsugo likely would have stayed in had it been a regular-season game. After a day off Monday, Tsutsugo is expected to return to the lineup for the Pirates' exhibition finale Tuesday against the Phillies.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Starting against Tigers
Tsutsugo (not injury related) is starting Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.
Tsutsugo had a slightly delayed arrival as he traveled back from Japan, but he'll make his spring debut Saturday. The 30-year-old will start at first base and bat fourth, and it's unlikely that his brief absence will impact his availability to begin the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Not yet in camp
Tsutsugo is expected to arrive at spring training sometime this week as travels back from Japan, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Tsutsugo has been back in his home country after agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract with Pittsburgh in November. He was with the Rays and Dodgers last season before joining the Pirates and finding his stride, as he hit .268/.347/.535 with eight home runs and 25 RBI over 43 games with the Buccos to help earn the new deal.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Re-signs with Pittsburgh
Tsutsugo agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Pirates on Wednesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Tsutsugo spent time with the Rays and Dodgers in 2021 before joining the Pirates, and he performed well in Pittsburgh with a .268/.347/.535 slash line, eight homers, 25 RBI and 20 runs in 43 games. The 29-year-old should see plenty of opportunities next season for the Pirates, regardless of whether he plays primarily at first base, third base or in the outfield.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Collects double Sunday
Tsutsugo went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Reds.
He hit just .220 (13-for-59) with one homer and 4:18 BB:K since Sept. 16. Tsutsugo, an impending free agent, did belt seven homers in his first 80 plate appearances with Pittsburgh after failed stints for both Tampa Bay and the Dodgers in 2021. Overall, the 29-year-old slashed .268/.347/.535 in 144 plate appearances for the Bucs and could factor into the team's plans, especially if the National League adopts the designated hitter rule in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: On bench Tuesday
Tsutsugo isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Cubs.
Tsutsugo had started each of the last five games, and he went 4-for-21 with two RBI and six strikeouts across that span. Ben Gamel will shift to right field while Anthony Alford starts in left.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Yoshi Tsutsugo: Day off Tuesday
Tsutsugo will sit Tuesday against Cincinnati.
Tsutsugo has hit an excellent .306/.394/.682 with eight homers in 31 games since joining the Pirates in mid-August, yet he sits here for the second time in three days. Ben Gamel slides to right field, with Anthony Alford starting in left.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-0, 209 lbs|
|Birthplace: Hashimoto, Japan|
|Bats/Throws: L, R|