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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: 9 | Salary: $1,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 83/60 | Average Draft Position: 167.42
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Pirates' Francisco Liriano continues spring shutout


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Francisco Liriano pitched four scoreless innings for the Pirates on Saturday and has yet to give up a run in three starts, spanning nine innings. 

Liriano gave up two hits, and has surrendered a total of five during spring training. He doubled his spring strikeout total with six on Saturday. 


Pirates' Liriano draws Opening Day start for second straight year


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Tuesday starting pitcher Francisco Liriano will start Opening Day (April 6) against the Reds. It will be the second straight year Liriano starts on opening day for Pittsburgh.

Hurdle also announced Tuesday starting pitcher Gerrit Cole will start the second game of the season and A.J. Burnett will finish off the three-game series before Pittsburgh moves onto a three-game series at Milwaukee.

Hurdle added Vance Worley or Jeff Locke, who are competing for the final spot in the team's rotation, will start the fourth game of the season and Charlie Morton will start the fifth game. Hurdle said splitting up Burnett and Morton was important because they have similar pitching styles.


Pirates' Liriano showing off better health this spring


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano is glad to be healthy this spring, according to MLB.com.

Liriano had an abbreviated run in camp last season due to arm and groin injuries. Now that he's healthy, he's looking forward to working on his craft. In Thursday's start, Liriano looked good. He allowed two hits over two scoreless innings. Lirano walked one and struck out two during the outing. 

Afterward, Liriano said his goal was to work on his fastball. "Working on throwing the fastball in and out, and so far so good," Liriano said. "It feels a little weird, facing hitters back in a real game, but it was good to get the first one out of the way."

Manager Clint Hurdle came away impressed. "Liriano showed a good finish to his fastball, and got the ball inside. He also threw some good changeups and sliders," he said.

Liriano, 31, posted a 3.38 ERA over 162 1/3 innings last season. 


Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano: 'I wanted to stay here'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano is glad to be back in Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Liriano expressed a desire to remain with the club, though he also admitted the Pirates offered him the best deal this offseason. "I got a better deal here than the other teams," he said. "It just feels like home here."

Liriano said both the Royals and Astros, among other teams, offered him three-year deals, but he opted to return to the Pirates. Part of the reason for that was because Liriano has a strong relationship with pitching coach Ray Searage. 

As for this season, Liriano is just hoping to stay healthy. A groin injury and strained oblique set him back at the beginning of last year, limiting his numbers in the first half. Liriano managed to improve in the second half, posting a 2.20 ERA. "I’m trying to find a way to stay healthy," he said. "That’s my goal right now, just stay healthy."

The 31-year-old posted a 3.38 ERA over 162 1/3 innings last year. 


Pirates' Liriano gets $2M signing bonus as part of new deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano will make $11 million in 2015, and then $13 million in 2016 and 2017 as part of the new three-year deal he signed. He will also receive a $2 million signing bonus and award bonuses, which includes $325,000 for winning the Cy Young, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

RHP Francisco Liriano set to remain with Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) What had been reported is now offical - the Pirates have signed left-hander Francisco Liriano to a three-year contract.

Liriano has settled in with Pittsburgh over the last two years. He is 23-18 with a 1.27 WHIP during that stretch. He was victimized by poor run support in 2014, when he managed a 7-10 mark despite a strong 3.38 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings.


Pirates agree to three-year, $39 million deal with Francisco Liriano


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Pirates have agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Liriano is 23-18 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in two seasons with the Pirates. He won 16 games for Pittsburgh in 2013.


Reports: Pirates working to re-sign Francisco Liriano


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Pirates are working to re-sign starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, according to FOX Sports and MLBDailyRumors.com. However, no deal is in place yet.

Liriano is 23-18 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in two seasons with the Pirates. He won 16 games for Pittsburgh in 2013.


Report: Twins open to Francisco Liriano reunion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Twins may not be done signing former players back to Minnesota this offseason. Just a week after bringing Tori Hunter back, Minnesota is now interested in signing pitcher Francisco Liriano, the Star-Tribune reports Monday.

According to the paper, the Twins have reached out to Liriano's agent, Greg Genske, at the start of free agency have remained in touch with him throughout the offseason. Liriano, 31, spent his first seven years in the majors with the Twins, posting a 50-52 record with a 4.33 ERA. He went 23-18 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in two seasons with the Pirates.


Report: Pirates prioritizing Francisco Liriano


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Pirates are prioritizing re-signing pitcher Francisco Liriano, according to SB Nation.

Liriano rejected the team's qualifying offer earlier in the offseason in hopes that he would get a better deal on the market. The two sides aren't close on a deal, but Pittsburgh has made Liriano a priority. Liriano is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.38 ERA over 162 1/3 innings. 


Royals focusing on Santana, Liriano and Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Royals appear to be focusing their free-agent efforts on starting pitchers Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano, as well as veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals could also consider free agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel.


Report: Francisco Liriano declines Pirates' qualifying offer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano has declined a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Pirates on Monday. Liriano, 31, started 29 games last season, logging 162 1/3 innings of work. He went 7-10 with a 3.38 ERA and 175 strikeouts.

Pirates extend pitcher Francisco Liriano qualifying offer


(11/4/2014) The Pirates announced Monday left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano had been offered a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. He has until Nov. 10 to accept or decline the offer.

Liriano started 29 games in 2014, going 7-10 with a 3.38 ERA. 


Francisco Liriano walks five in no-decision vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano didn't factor into the decision Saturday, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and five walks in five innings while striking out five in his team's 10-6 loss to the Reds.

Liriano watched three runs cross the plate in the first inning but was able to settle down and hold the Reds to a game-tying RBI single in the fifth. Though Liriano had allowed just one earned run across four September starts heading into Saturday's outing, it's his third straight game issuing at least four walks. He ends the regular season with a 3.38 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 175:81 K:BB ratio in 162 1/3 innings.


Francisco Liriano posts another dominant effort Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano remained dominant Monday night against Atlanta, improving to 7-10 on the year. He allowed three hits and four walks while striking out seven over six scoreless innings, leading his team to a 1-0 victory. 

Over his last four starts covering 26 innings, Liriano has allowed only one earned run. He owns a 3.32 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 28 starts (157 1/3 innings). His final start of the regular season will come Saturday at Cincinnati.


Francisco Liriano turns in strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Liriano allowed one run on three hits over six innings. He had some major control issues during the start, walking five. Liriano struck out two during the outing. Liriano was able to work around this early walks, tossing four scoreless frames to open the game. He gave up his only run in the fifth inning. Liriano allowed a leadoff double to open the frame. That runner advanced to third on a flyout. The run came home after Liriano induced a groundout for the second out of the inning. Liriano lasted one more inning, and was pulled after throwing 99 pitches.

With the win, Liriano improved to 6-10. He’ll take on the Braves in his next start.


Francisco Liriano fans season-high 12 over eight dominant innings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano twirled a gem on Thursday against the Phillies, striking out a season-high 12 over eight dominant innings to improve to 5-12 on the year. He allowed four hits and two walks in 106 pitches, 69 of which were strikes.

Liriano has not allowed a run over his last two starts. He has struck out 21 and over that 14-inning stretch. He owns a 3.53 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 26 starts (145 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at home against Boston.

Francisco Liriano shines in six scoreless innings vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano earned a win Saturday, giving up just three hits and two walks in six scoreless innings while striking out nine in his team's 5-0 victory over the Cubs.

Liriano (4-10) has turned in quality starts in six of his last seven outings since the beginning of August, but Saturday's win was his first during that stretch. He owns a 3.74 ERA and 149:65 K:BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings. Liriano is scheduled to face the Phillies Thursday.


Francisco Liriano unable to factor into decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano wasn't a factor into the decision Sunday at home against the Reds. The left-hander gave up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five over seven innings of work.

Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Liriano has allowed only two earned runs. He owns a 3.91 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 24 starts (131 1/3 innings). His next start will come Saturday on the road against the Cubs.

Francisco Liriano picks up a no decision


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano tossed a solid start Monday against the Pirates. 

Liriano allowed four hits over six scoreless innings. He struck out eight and issued three walks during the start. Liriano lost a perfect game early, as a runner reached on an error in the second inning. He did not allow a clean hit until there were two outs in the fourth inning. Liriano nearly got himself in trouble in the fifth, but managed to get out of it. He loaded the bases with one out, but was able to induce an inning-ending double play. Liriano pitched to one batter in the seventh, but was replaced after giving up a single.

The Cardinals managed to mount a comeback, giving Liriano a no-decision. He’ll take on the Reds in his next start. 


Francisco Liriano rocked in loss vs. Braves Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano was blasted in a loss Tuesday, giving up nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and three walks in four-plus innings while striking out four in his team's 11-3 defeat against the Braves.

Liriano (3-10) surrendered a three-run home run in the third inning and entered the fifth down 5-1. The first batter of the fifth reached on an error, and Liriano put three more men on before being removed, with all three eventually scoring. Liriano hadn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his six second-half starts before Tuesday. He owns a 4.18 ERA and 127:57 K:BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings, and he's scheduled to face the Cardinals Monday.


Francisco Liriano good, but not good enough Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano was matching Detroit ace Max Scherzer pitch-for-pitch Thursday afternoon in the Motor City. For a while, anyway.

Liriano had a no-hitter through four innings, but it all unraveled when J.D. Martinez took him deep to lead off the fifth. He walked two and gave up another run in the sixth, after which he was removed.

He will seek to pitch his sixth straight quality start Tuesday against Atlanta.


Francisco Liriano gives up two runs in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano took a loss Saturday, allowing two earned runs on three hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Padres.

Liriano (3-8) recorded his ninth straight start with three earned runs or less but was unable to avoid the loss. He allowed both runs in the top of the first inning but retired 17 straight batters once he made it to the second inning. Liriano owns a 3.82 ERA and 114:50 K:BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Tigers Thursday.


Francisco Liriano gives up two runs in no-decision Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano wasn't a factor in the decision Sunday after surrendering two earned runs on four hits and one walk in six innings and striking out six in his team's 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

Liriano was removed with just 79 pitches on his arm despite his solid performance in the first six innings. His two runs allowed both came in the third inning, and he faced the minimum over the next three innings despite giving up two hits during that stretch. Liriano owns a 3.91 ERA and 110:49 K:BB ratio in 101 1/3 innings. He's slated to take on the Padres Saturday.


Francisco Liriano strikes out 11 in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano earned a win Tuesday, giving up one earned run on four hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out a season-high 11 batters in his team's 3-1 victory over the Giants.

Liriano (3-7) has ratted off three straight strong outings to begin the second half, giving up two earned runs in 19 innings. The 11 strikeouts were his most in almost a year. Liriano owns a 3.97 ERA and 104:48 K:BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Diamondbacks Sunday.