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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%: 66/35 | Average Draft Position: 105.38
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Francisco Liriano goes seven strong innings Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano turned in a strong performance Wednesday against the Dodgers. 

Liriano struggled with his control early, walking two batters in the first inning. He also hit Carl Crawford with a pitch the following inning. Other than that, Liriano looked great early. He didn’t allow a hit until there was one out in the fifth inning. Liriano gave up two hits to open the sixth, and allowed a run to score on a ground out. He was able to pitch one more inning before being removed.

Liriano gave up one run on four hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out four. With the win, Liriano improved to 2-7. His next start will come against the Giants.


Francisco Liriano goes five innings Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano lasted five innings Friday against the Rockies.

Liriano had some issues with his control, but was otherwise solid during the outing. He gave up one unearned run on three hits over five innings. Liriano walked three and struck out eight over the appearance. Liriano’s only run came after a runner reached on a shortstop error. A groundout wound up bringing the run home. 

The Pirates were able to tie the game, giving Liriano the no-decision. His next start is slated to come against the Dodgers.


Francisco Liriano loses in return from DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano lasted just four innings in his return from an oblique injury during Sunday's 6-3 loss at Cincinnati. The veteran left-hander, who has been out since mid-June, allowed three runs on three hits and six walks, while striking out four.

Liriano (1-7) had a pretty smooth first inning, retiring the side in order and getting one strikeout. Unfortunately, it quickly unraveled for the veteran lefty in the second inning. The Reds sent nine players to the plate in the second inning and scored three runs on Kris Negron's three-run homer. It could have been worse, but the Reds left the bases loaded.

Liriano allowed just a walk in a scoreless third inning before loading the bases in the fourth inning. Luckily, he escaped the jam without allowing a run, but Liriano would not be back out for the fifth inning. 

He has suffered a loss in four of his last six starts. Liriano is scheduled to start the first game after the All-Star break Friday against the Rockies.


Pirates announce post-break rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, who returned from the 15-day disabled list Sunday at Cincinnati, will start the first game out of the All-Star break for the Pirates, according to MLB.com.

He will be followed in a three-game series vs. Colorado by Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke. Edinson Volquez will then open a series against the Dodgers on July 21, and he will be followed by Vance Worley before the rotation resets.


Matt Hague optioned as Francisco Liriano returns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) As expected, Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (oblique) was activated off the 15-day disabled list to start Sunday's game at Cincinnati. To clear a roster spot, Matt Hague was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Francisco Liriano to return Sunday at Cincinnati


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Pirates announced Wednesday starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (oblique) will come off the disabled list to start Sunday at Cincinnati. Liriano has been sidelined since mid-June.

Francisco Liriano to return before All-Star break


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (oblique) will rejoin the rotation before the All-Star break. Liriano will pitch in the weekend series at Cincinnati, but Hurdle isn't sure which game he will start yet.

Francisco Liriano dominates in first rehab start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano began a minor-league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Liriano dominated, scattering only three hits over six shutout innings. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk in his first start since landing on the shelf with an oblique injury. It remains to be seen if he'll need one more start before returning to the starting rotation.

Francisco Liriano to begin rehab Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano will begin a rehab assignment Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Liriano is expected to go five innings and throw 85 pitches. He'll rehab with Triple-A Indianapolis. Liriano is dealing with an oblique injury. He's posted a 4.60 ERA over 72 1/3 innings.


Francisco Liriano completes simulated game, could start rehab soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano threw a simulated game on Wednesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with an oblique injury. Liriano tossed four innings and could be ready for a rehab assignment, MLB.com reports.

"He's throwing all of his pitches, working out of the windup and the stretch," said manager Clint Hurdle. "There's some rust, but there seems to be no complications so far. So it's going well."

Francisco Liriano to throw simulated game Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (oblique) will throw a four-inning simulated game Wednesday, manager Clint Hurdle told reporters Tuesday. Hurdle said Liriano felt good after a 54-pitch bullpen session Sunday.

Francisco Liriano ready for next step in rehab process


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington was pleased with starting pitcher Francisco Liriano's 52-pitch bullpen session Sunday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Liriano is on the 15-day disabled list due to an oblique injury.

"He came through his side very well. Next step would be a sim game," Huntington said.


Francisco Liriano likely heading for rehab assignment


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano will likely need a minor-league rehab assignment before he is able to return from a strained left oblique, manager Clint Hurdle told MLB.com Friday.

"With the time he's been down, that's probably how we'll be best served," Hurdle said.

Liriano is set to throw one more bullpen session Sunday, and could then be cleared for a simulated game next week. Liriano has been out since June 11, so he will likely end up missing at least a month by the time he is ready to return.


Francisco Liriano able to get through bullpen session Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano tossed a 30 pitch bullpen session Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The session went "as well as you could hope," according to manager Clint Hurdle. Liriano is working his way back from an oblique injury. He's posted a 4.60 ERA over 72 1/3 innings. 


Francisco Liriano could throw at full speed Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano could throw at full effort Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Liriano is working his way back from an oblique injury. He's been throwing the past three days, and has moved back to 80 to 90 feet away. Liriano said he needs to make sure he isn't pushing himself too hard, and has consulted with teammates who have dealt with similar injuries. 


Francisco Liriano might play catch Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (oblique) might play catch Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Francisco Liriano could begin light throwing Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (oblique) could begin light throwing Tuesday. Liriano is expected to miss a month due to the injury.

“We're going to be very open minded with his return," Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "No. 1, we have to get him to the point where he can throw the ball without any discomfort, and I think it's actually good for him right now to unplug, mentally."


Pirates put Francisco Liriano on DL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) As expected, the Pirates placed pitcher Francisco Liriano on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Liriano, who left Tuesday's start in the fourth inning, is 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 14 starts.

He could be out at least a month, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


Report: Francisco Liriano could be out more than a month


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano has a left oblique injury that could keep him out until late July, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He had to leave Tuesday's start in the fourth inning.

Liriano, who's 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 14 starts, is headed for a lengthy trip on the DL, the report said. The Pirates have not made an official move yet.


Francisco Liriano leaves with left side discomfort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Pirates  starter Francisco Liriano made just 55 pitches before leaving Tuesday's game against the Cubs, with an apparent injury.

Liriano was pulled from the start during the fourth inning, with the team announced his injury as discomfort in his left side. He tried to pitch through the injury, but was removed after tossing a few warmup pitches.

Liriano ended up allowing two runs on three hits in three innings of work, while striking out four batters. His next outing is scheduled for Sunday in Miami, though his availability is obviously in question now. 


Time to move on from Francisco Liriano


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/5/2014) With six walks Wednesday at San Diego, Francisco Liriano is averaging 4.7 walks per nine innings this season, which as bad of a rate as he's had in a career defined by self-defeat.

He did average 5.0 walks per nine innings in both 2011, when he had a 5.09 ERA and 1.49 WHIP, and 2012, when he had a 5.34 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, but 4.7 isn't so far off that you should expect much better if it continues.

True, it may not continue if last year is any indication, but his track record suggests it probably will. Working with pitching coach Ray Searage -- who has turned around other "wild stallions" like A.J. Burnett -- can only help, but Liriano might end up going the way of James McDonald, who seemed to figure things out in his first year under Searage only to crash and burn thereafter.

Obviously, my recommendation to drop Liriano doesn't apply to all owners across all formats. I'm not moving him out of my top 100 starting pitchers, and I acknowledge he still has top-50 potential. But in standard mixed leagues, given the way most of his career has gone, I don't have much hope for a swift turnaround and wouldn't want to miss out on some gem on the waiver wire just because I was too stubborn to admit defeat.


Francisco Liriano walks six in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano took a loss Wednesday after giving up three runs (two earned) on one hit and six walks in five innings while striking out seven in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Padres.

Liriano (1-6) coupled his lowest hit total of the season with his highest walk total for a mediocre effort that was over after 109 pitches, less than half of them strikes. By giving up just two earned runs however, he was able to decrease his ERA to 4.54 to go with a 73:36 K:BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings. Liriano is slated to face the Cubs Tuesday.


Francisco Liriano finally picked up win No. 1


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano flashed some of his 2013 form Friday, and he finally earned his first win of the season as he took the Dodgers down, 2-1.

Liriano failed to finish six innings for the third start in a row, but was downright dominant, if not for his pitch count. He scattered five hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings of work, while striking out eight batters, his highest total since his season debut.

Liriano is now 1-5 on the season, after failing to win in his first 11 starts. He lowered his ERA to 4.62 with the outing, and will hope to continue on a similar upward trajectory in his next outing, Wednesday in San Diego. 


Pirates discovering flaws in Francisco Liriano delivery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) The Pirates are hoping that discoveries made on video and in a bullpen session will help turn left-handed starter Francisco Liriano around.

"He picked up some bad habits," pitching coach Ray Searage told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "We saw some things on video. .. At times his front side will fly open, (and) he's late with ball-glove separation."

Liriano is 0-5 with a 5.06 ERA. He has been particularly miserable in his last two stars with 10 earned runs surrendered on 15 hits in 10 innings.


Francisco Liriano surrenders four runs in loss vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano took the loss Sunday after giving up four earned runs on six hits and four walks in five innings while striking out five in his team's 5-2 loss to the Nationals.

Liriano (0-5) gave up his first two runs in the top of the first inning, and he was able to keep the Nationals offense at bay before giving up another pair of runs in his fifth and final inning. He owns a 5.06 ERA and 58:28 K:BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings. Liriano is scheduled to face the Dodgers Friday.