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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%: 94/70 | Average Draft Position: 165.55
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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. 


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.