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Taveras is out of the Cardinals' lineup again Wednesday.
Wednesday's absence will mark Taveras' fourth in the team's last five games. He rattled off six straight starts earlier in the month and went 6-for-18 with a homer over that stretch, but it seems manager Mike Matheny is dead set on riding his veterans, namely Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos, to a postseason birth.
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Taveras is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers.
Taveras owns a 1.004 OPS in September, but manager Mike Matheny decided to hold him out Tuesday for the third time in four games. Jon Jay will man right field for the Cardinals on Tuesday night.
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Taveras is out of the Cardinals' lineup again Saturday.
Prior to sitting Friday, Taveras had rattled off six straight starts in right field for St. Louis. He'll yield to Randal Grichuk for a second straight day with the Rockies once against starting a left-hander (Franklin Morales), but it looks like Taveras will play regularly against right-handers over the remainder of the season.
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Taveras is out of the lineup Friday against the Rockies.
Taveras appears to have the everyday role again in right field for the most part, but will sit Friday with the left-handed Jorge De La Rosa on the mound for the Rockies. Randal Grichuk will start in right field and bat second for the Cardinals in his place.
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Taveras started in right field and went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Saturday's win over the Brewers.
Now in an ongoing battle for playing time as part of the Cards' outfield mix, Taveras' two-run shot off of Kyle Lohse in the fourth inning stood as the eventual game-winning tally. Although his .230/.273/.311 line thus far has been a disappointment, Taveras could quick move to the front of the line for the starts in right field if he heats up during the stretch run.
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Taveras remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Brewers, FOX Sports Midwest reports.
Manager Mike Matheny will ride the hot hand of Peter Bourjos in center field, with Jon Jay in right for a second straight day. Taveras, meanwhile, is sitting for the sixth time in nine games and his opportunities will likely remain limited, as the Cardinals can ill afford to let him continue working through his struggles with the division up for grabs.
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Taveras is out of the lineup again Wednesday against the Pirates.
Taveras will sit for the fourth time in the previous six games Wednesday. The youngster hasn't lived up to his billing since joining the Cardinals, batting just .224/.268/.292 with the club. Jon Jay will slide over from center to play right Wednesday while Peter Bourjos will man center field for the second straight day.
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Taveras is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
Taveras will take a seat with the left-handed Jeff Locke on the mound for the Pirates. Randal Grichuk will get the start in right field and bat second for the Cardinals on Tuesday.
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Taveras is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.
Taveras played in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, but will sit Sunday. He hasn't lived up to his billing thus far, hitting just .228/.265/.296 since receiving the call to the big leagues. Randal Grichuk will start in right field Sunday and bat second for the Cards.
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Taveras is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Taveras has started all but one of the Cardinals' last 12 games, and he's finally rewarding the club for its patience, going 12-for-42 (.285 average) over that span. With a lefty in Felix Doubront on the hill for Game 1, Taveras will head to the bench, but he will likely be in there for Game 2 even with another lefty (Tsuyoshi Wada) penciled in to start for Chicago.