The right-hander will pitch March 28 against the Reds at Cincinnati, manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday. It will be the first opening-day start of Taillon's four-year career.
Taillon was 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA in 32 starts last season.
"It's a big honor to kick off the season for the boys, try to set the tone," Taillon said at the Pirates' spring training camp. "Obviously, I care about the body of work but it's a big honor. Growing up as a fan of baseball, there was a certain (aura) about being the opening-day starter."
"We put two men in play to represent the club and get us out of the blocks well in the first four games of the season," Hurdle said.