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47 Francisco Liriano SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 10/26/1983 | Birthplace: San Cristobal, DR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Pittsburgh | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $1,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/76 | Average Draft Position: 165.28
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Errors, jams can't stop Pirates SP Francisco Liriano from winning


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2015) Spring had yet to turn into summer the last time Pirates southpaw Francisco Liriano lost a game. His run of success continued Sunday night against San Francisco.

Liriano won his fifth consecutive decision and overcame three Pittsburgh errors to do it. He allowed two runs - but none earned - on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts to improve his record to 9-6.

He did not retire the Giants in order in any inning, but they only scored on an error in the fifth and Nori Aoki single after an error in the sixth.

Despite the successive wins, Liriano has just one quality start over his last five outings.


Pirates' Francisco Liriano extends undefeated streak to nine


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2015) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano allowed five runs in seven innings and left with the lead, Tuesday against Arizona.

A blown save cost him a win, but the no-decision extended his undefeated streak to nine starts.

Liriano is 4-0 with five no-decisions since his last loss, on June 20.


Francisco Liriano rides Pirates' offensive outburst for eighth win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/13/2015) Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano had a rather uneven start against the Cardinals on Thursday. Liriano was given a 7-0 lead before he even took the mound--a rally that included his own RBI double.

But he exhibited some control issues, and he allowed two runs to score in the bottom half while a third run scored on him in the sixth.

Overall, Liriano went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out five, throwing just 52 of his 94 pitches for strikes in the 10-5 victory.

With the win, Liriano improves to 8-6, while his ERA rose a couple of ticks to 3.19.


Pirates SP Francisco Liriano struggles in Saturday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano struggled from the opening inning and was only able to go three innings during Saturday's 6-5 win over the Dodgers.

Liriano allowed four runs on seven hits over three innings of work. He also struck out four and walked two during the outing. His biggest mistake was a two-run home run to Enrique Hernandez in the third inning.

Liriano received a no-decision for his effort, which broke his two-game winning streak. He has not earned a quality start in his last two outings.


Pirates shuffle rotation for weekend series vs. Dodgers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) The Pirates have shuffled their rotation for a three-game series this weekend against the Dodgers. 

Gerrit Cole will still start the series opener Friday, but Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton swapped places. Liriano will now pitch Saturday and Morton has been pushed back to Sunday.


Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano to start Saturday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2015) After briefly pitching in Monday's postponed game, Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano will make his next start Saturday against the Dodgers, reports TribLive.com.

"You want to go out there and pitch and go deep in the game, but things happen for a reason," Liriano said. "I try to put it behind me, not think about it. I just wait another five days, and try to do my same routine. If they want me to go early, I'll go early. If they say I wait five days, then I wait five days." 


Cubs-Pirates postponed Monday due to rain; make-up date TBD


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/4/2015) Monday's game between the Cubs and Pirates has been postponed due to rain. After two rain delays totaling more than three hours, the game was called in the fourth inning with the score tied 1-1.

A make-up date for the game has not yet been announced. 

Cubs manager will talk with Monday's starter Jon Lester regarding his next start. He could come back a day or two early, according to ESPN.com.

The Pirates announced that they will stay with their current rotation and keep everyone on regular rest, meaning Monday's starter Francisco Liriano will toe the rubber again on Sunday. 

Both starters were removed from the game following the first delay, which lasted two hours.


Pirates SP Francisco Liriano beats former team on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano allowed a season-high 10 hits on Wednesday, but he came away with his seventh win of the season. Liriano went 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) with four strikeouts and no walks in the 10-4 win over the Twins. 

Liriano (7-6, 2.92 ERA) got off to a shaky start, as the Twins had a 3-1 lead after the third inning. But he was able to settle in from there, as he gave his club a chance to rally and take the lead in the middle innings. A high pitch count--106 pitches through two outs in the sixth--led to Liriano's early exit, costing him a chance at a quality start.

The veteran left-hander is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA over his past six starts.


Pirates SP Francisco Liriano goes six, but snags win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) A lot of walks and a lot of strikeouts add up to a lot of pitches. But Pirates starter Francisco Liriano doesn't mind because it also added up to a win Thursday against visiting Washington.

Liriano walked three and fanned 11 over six innings. More importantly is that he yielded just one run on three hits in evening his record to 6-6.

The left-hander cruised until his wild pitch brought home Ian Desmond with the lone run in the fifth. Desmond had singled to break up the no-hit bid.

Liriano has five straight quality starts and 10 in his last 11 outings. He has given up just seven runs in his last 33 1/3 innings and has shrunk his ERA to 2.91, its lowest point since May 8.


Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano will start Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano has been cleared to make Thursday's start against the Nationals, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune.

Liriano was scratched from his start Saturday against the Brewers because of stiffness in his neck. He has passed all his physical tests and will make his scheduled start Thursday.


Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano expected to make Thursday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano is expected to make his scheduled start Thursday against the Nationals, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Liriano was scratched from his start Saturday against the Brewers because of stiffness in his neck, but he was able to throw a side session Monday.


Pirates' Francisco Liriano scratched from start with tight neck


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano has been scratched from his start on Saturday against the Brewers. Liriano is dealing with tightness in his neck, and will be unavailable on Saturday. 

"I thought I could get through it, but I couldn't turn my head," said Liriano after Saturday's game, per MLB.com. "I've had this before, and it usually goes away in a couple of days. So we'll just see how it feels tomorrow."

Right-hander Vance Worley will get the start in his place. There has been no word when Liriano will make his next start. 


Pirates set rotation for second half of season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) The Pirates will turn to pitcher Charlie Morton to open the second half of the season against the Brewers on Friday, the team announced.

After Morton's start Friday, the team will turn to Francisco Liriano on Saturday followed by Jeff Locke on Sunday.


Pirates SP Francisco Liriano allows two runs in Sunday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano produced another quality start during Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Liriano allowed two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings of work. He also struck six and walked four. He received a no-decision for his effort and his ERA is now 2.98.

Liriano has earned a quality start in each of his last four starts, but he has just one win to show for it.


Pirates SP Francisco Liriano receives no-decision Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Despite producing a quality start Tuesday, Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano was not able to earn a win during the 3-2 victory over the Padres.

Liriano allowed two runs on four hits over six innings of work. He also struck out six and walked one. His ERA is now 2.99.

Liriano has earned a quality start in his last three starts, but he has just one win to show for it. Over his last three starts, he has allowed a total of four runs.


Pirates' Francisco Liriano blanks Tigers for seven innings Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano posted another gem, this time at the expense of the Tigers in the Pirates' 8-4 win on Thursday. Liriano held the Tigers scoreless over seven innings, allowing five hits and three walks while recording five strikeouts. 

"With what he had today -- the fastball, the changeup, the slider -- they weren't able to sit on any one pitch," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "He did an excellent job of remaining the aggressor and making pitches. That's a very good lineup against left-handed pitching."

Liriano (5-6) dropped his ERA under 3.00 with the terrific effort on Thursday. The veteran left-hander has allowed three runs or less in seven of his last eight starts.

"Everything was down, and I used both sides of the plate," said Liriano. "Everything was working pretty good. I just had to make sure to not overthrow."


Pirates SP Francisco Liriano allows two runs in no-decision Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano was in fine form on Friday against the Braves, but was saddled with a no-decision. Liriano went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out three in the extra-innings walk-off victory.

Liriano gave up a run in the second on a bases-loaded walk, but settled in after that. That is, until Juan Uribe launched a solo home run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2.

"Every once in a while, with runners on, Frankie gets quick with his delivery and loses that release point," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, per MLB.com. "He recalibrated after that and was in sync, up until Uribe's swing."

Overall, it was a solid bounceback effort from Liriano, who had allowed five runs in his previous start.


Pirates SP Francisco Liriano loses it in sixth in Saturday defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano needed to be just about perfect to keep up with Washington counterpart Max Scherzer on Saturday.

He was far from that.

Liriano was fine for three shutout innings. But he allowed a Bryce Harper homer in the fourth before it all unraveled in the sixth. He retired the first batter, but the second reached on a wild pitch off a strikeout. A double and three singles made it 5-0 and knocked him out of the game.

The left-hander had his streak of five straight quality starts ended. He will attempt to begin a new one against visiting Atlanta on Friday.


Pirates P Francisco Liriano throws eight scoreless innings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano did not allow an earned run in Monday night's 11-0 victory over the White Sox 

Liriano went eight innings and dominated the White Sox hitters. He struck out 12 batters and only gave up two hits and one walk. This is the third time this year and second consecutive start that Liriano has been able to go eight innings. 

Liriano now has an ERA of 2.94 and improves to 4-5. 

His next start is projected for Saturday against the Nationals. 


Pirates' Francisco Liriano goes eight innings in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched well against Milwaukee on Tuesday, but his teammates only provided one run of support. 

Liriano took the hard-luck loss to drop to 3-5 on the year. He gave up three runs on five hits. Liriano walked a batter and struck out six.

Liriano's next start is Monday, against the White Sox. 


Pirates' Francisco Liriano goes seven innings string for win No. 3


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano went seven innings strong, outdueling Tim Hudson and the Giants for his third win of the season Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park.

Liriano (3-4) surrendered a run-scoring single to Joe Panik in the third inning for his only blemish of the afternoon. He permitted one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out six over seven innings of a 5-2 victory. Of his 102 pitches, 68 were strikes.

Liriano lowered his ERA from 4.15 to 3.24 over his last three starts. He will make his next start Tuesday at home against Milwaukee.


Pirates SP Francisco Liriano strikes out 11; gets no-decision Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano was solid in a no-decision on Friday against the Padres. The veteran left-hander tossed six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and no walks. He struck out 11, as the Pirates fell 6-2 to the Padres.

The 11 punchouts give Liriano 41 over his last five starts, and the scoreless outing drops his ERA to 3.47. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday in San Francisco. 


Pirates P Francisco Liriano tosses 12 strikeouts in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 12 batters in Sunday afternoon's 9-1 victory over the Mets. 

Liriano was sharp through the game, throwing 112 pitches and only allowing two walks and six hits. His previous best this season was on May 8 against the Cardinals when he tossed 10 strikeouts. 

"I was executing pitches and not trying to do too much," Liriano said, via the Associated Press. "I just stayed calm and I got a lot of swings and misses today. Everything was working down."

Liriano went six innings before being relieved. He now has a 3.86 ERA this season. 

His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Padres. 


Francisco Liriano hammered by former team in Pirates' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano suffered the loss in a disastrous start against his former team on Tuesday.

Minnesota scored seven runs off Liriano in two innings. Liriano gave up five hits, including two home runs, and walked two batters. He threw 28 strikes in 55 pitches, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.

"That start didn't work out well for him. He'll be back. He'll be better," manager Clint Hurdle said after the game. "He's going to work. He's going to take ownership of it."

Liriano dropped to 1-4 and saw his ERA increase to 4.15. His next start is Monday, against Miami.  


Pirates skipping Vance Worley in rotation this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) With a pair of off-days scheduled this week, the Pirates will skip Vance Worley's turn in the rotation, MLB.com reports.

Francisco Liriano and Jeff Locke will square off with the Twins during a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday before the team hosts the Mets for a three-game series this weekend. Worley is 2-3 with a 4.38 ERA and 23:14 K:BB ratio in 39 innings.