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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%: 96/70 | Average Draft Position: 165.31
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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.


Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano strikes out six in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work in Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.

Liriano, who also struck out six, had issues in the fifth inning. He allowed three consecutive hits to start the inning, including an RBI double by Carlos Ruiz. After a strikeout, Liriano forced Ben Revere into a ground out, but managed to plate another run. Then, Freddy Galvis singled home the final run.

Liriano, now 1-3, moved his ERA to 2.96 in 45 2/3 innings of work. He will look to bounce back on Tuesday against the Twins.


Pirates SP Francisco Liriano strikes out 10 in Friday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits over 6 1/3 innings of work during Friday's 8-5 loss to Cardinals.

Liriano surrendered home runs to Jhonny Peralta in the second inning and Matt Holliday in the third. He did strike out a season-high 10 batters and walked one, but he received a loss for his effort.

Liriano (1-2) saw his ERA rise from 1.95 to 2.79 after the outing. The five earned runs were the most Liriano has allowed this season.

His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday at Philadelphia.


Pirates' Francisco Liriano gives up one in eight innings


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano gave up just one run in eight innings, but his offense didn't cooperate, forcing him to leave with a no decision in an extra-innings loss to St. Louis. 

Liriano gave up three hits, none until the sixth inning. He walked three while striking out four. He threw 98 pitches, 61 strikes and reduced his ERA to 1.95.

"The whole key is not to try to do too much and stay calm," Liriano said. "Location-wise, everything was (good)."

Liriano will get St. Louis again on Friday, in his next scheduled start.


Pirates' Francisco Liriano earns first win of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano pitched a scoreless 6 1/3 innings in Sunday afternoon's 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Liriano picked up his first win of the season in the shutout effort. He struck out seven batters and walked six.

"I was able to get away from trying to do too much for a couple of innings, then, in the last one, I was kind of rushing it again," said Liriano to MLB.com. "Especially early, I got behind in the count a lot."

He only surrendered two hits. His ERA is now 2.22 for the season and he has a 1-1 record. 

"The wins get everybody's attention," manager Clint Hurdle said, nodding. "So he very well could be underappreciated. But we like having him a lot , giving him the ball every fifth day."

Liriano is scheduled to make his next start on May 2 against the Cardinals. 


Pirates Francisco Liriano strikes out nine in no decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Francisco Liriano pitched five innings in a no decision for the Pirates on Tuesday. 

Liriano struck out nine and walked two. He left after allowing three runs on three hits. 

Liriano threw 57 strikes in 97 pitches and saw his ERA increase to 3.00. His next start is scheduled for Sunday against Arizona and Jeremy Hellickson. 


Pirates SP Francisco Liriano has had the Cubs number since 2013


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano heads into Tuesday's start against the Cubs with a favorable history against the NL Central foe. He is 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA in nine career starts against Chicago, which includes a 4-1 record and 1.84 ERA in eight starts since 2013.

The left-hander has allowed more than two runs just once in his last eight starts vs. Chicago. He has allowed zero runs four times and has struck out at least eight batters five times in that span.

The Cubs have totaled 50 runs, which is slightly below the league average of 53.


Pirates' Francisco Liriano strikes out seven in hard-luck loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano allowed just one earned run on four hits and one walk in six innings while striking out seven but was stuck with the loss in his team's 1-0 defeat against the Tigers Wednesday.

Liriano (0-1) blanked the Tigers for five innings but surrendered a leadoff home run to Rajai Davis in the sixth to fall behind. He's posted a 2.08 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings over his first two starts but is still looking for his first win of the year. His next shot at it will come Tuesday in a home game against the Cubs.


Pirates reinstate Francisco Liriano, option Casey Sadler


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) The Pirates reinstated pitcher Francisco Liriano from the paternity list Monday and optioned pitcher Casey Sadler to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Liriano was initially scheduled to pitch Sunday before being placed on the paternity list for the birth of his daughter. Sadler drew the start instead, giving up two runs and earning a win. Liriano is on track to make his return to the mound Wednesday against the Tigers.


Pirates place Liriano on paternity list, recall Casey Sadler


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) The Pirates have placed pitcher Francisco Liriano on the paternity list and recalled pitcher Casey Sadler from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Sadler will take the place of Liriano as Sunday's probable starter. Liriano is expected to be back on the mound Wednesday to start against the Tigers.


Pirates' Francisco Liriano scratched from Sunday's start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano will miss Sunday's start due to the birth of his daughter. Casey Sadler will make the start in his place, and Liriano will start on Wednesday against the Tigers. 

Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano strikes out seven in loss Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano allowed two runs on two hits, including a home run, in seven innings Monday against the Reds in the 5-2 loss.

Liriano also added seven strikeouts and three walks in his outing. Liriano finishes his first start of the year with a 2.57 ERA and a no decision.

He will look to pick up his first win of the year Sunday against the Brewers.


Pirates' Francisco Liriano allows one run in spring finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano surrendered one earned run on three hits in three innings while striking out two in Wednesday's spring finale against the Orioles.

Liriano hadn't surrendered a run in nine spring innings heading into Wednesday's game and finishes the spring with a 0.75 ERA and 14:4 K:BB ratio in 12 innings. His next start will come on Opening Day against the Reds Monday.


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.