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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%: 97/74 | Average Draft Position: 105.09
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Francisco Liriano dealt third straight loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano dropped a third straight start Wednesday, as Pittsburgh managed just three hits off Johnny Cueto during a 4-0 loss to the Reds.

The Reds jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Billy Hamilton scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning. The deficit remained at one run until Joey Votto hit a two-run homer off Liriano with two outs in the seventh inning.

Liriano (0-3) was charged with three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven in seven innings. He lowered his ERA from 4.00 to 3.96.

The veteran left-handed hurler is expected to be back on the hill Monday in a rematch with the Reds.


Francisco Liriano drops second straight decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano put together his second subpar outing in a row Friday, in a 4-2 loss to the Brewers.

Liriano made it through six innings of work, but was tagged for four runs for the second straight start. He allowed two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings, while allowing one home run in each frame. He allowed four his four runs on four hits and a pair of walks, with seven strikeouts.

Liriano has dropped each of his last two starts, and is now 0-2 with a 4.00 ERA in 18 innings over three starts. He will try to earn his first win the next time he takes the mound, Wednesday against the Reds. 


Francisco Liriano surrenders four runs in loss Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano followed up an excellent season debut with a medicore effort Saturday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals.

The Cardinals got to Liriano immediately, scoring three runs in the first inning while only recording one out, which came on a sacrifice fly. He would settle down after that, with the only blemish from that point on coming via a solo home run in the sixth inning by Yadier Molina. Liriano owns a 3.00 ERA and 14:5 K:BB ratio in 12 innings over two starts. His next start will likely come Saturday against the Brewers.


Francisco Liriano racks up 10 strikeouts in season debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano dominated the Cubs in his season debut Monday.

Liriano tossed six scoreless innings during the start. He allowed four hits, and walked three. Cubs hitters had a lot of trouble picking up Liriano's stuff, striking out 10 times. 

Liriano pitched out of trouble a few times in the game, particularly in the final innings. He allowed leadoff singles in both innings, and followed them up with walks. A double play erased the trouble in the fifth, while a mound visit led to two strikeouts and a pop out in the sixth.

Liriano was matched by Jeff Samardzija during the start, and left the game with no score. The Pirates eventually went on to win in extras, giving Liriano the no decision. 

His next start is scheduled for April 5 against St. Louis.


Francisco Liriano gets the starting nod


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano will get the opening day start Monday.

Liriano had been dealing with a groin injury late in spring training, but was not expected to miss the start. He'll take on the Cubs. Liriano posted a 3.02 ERA in 161 innings last year.


Francisco Liriano gets green light for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano completed a bullpen session on Friday without any discomfort. Liriano, who is recovering from a groin injury, has received the green light for his opening day start Monday against the Cubs, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"It doesn't bother me at all," Liriano said. "Everything is good."

Francisco Liriano all but set for opening day start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) The demotion of pitcher Brandon Crumpton on Thursday leads one to assume that Francisco Liriano has recovered enough from a groin injury to make his opening day start for the Pirates. Cumpton had been considered an option to land in the rotation temporarily until Liriano was healthy.

Liriano declared himself fine after throwing 55 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday. He earned the opening game nod after an encouraging 2013 in which he compiled a 16-8 record and 3.02 ERA that was his lowest since his breakthrough season of 2006.


Francisco Liriano says he's ready to go after a sim game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano declared himself ready for the season following a simulated game, according to MLB.com.

Liriano threw 55 pitches during a three inning simulated game Wednesday. He said he was "good to go" after the start. Liriano has been dealing with a groin injury. He posted a 3.02 ERA in 161 innings last year.


Pirates announce rotation plans for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Pirates announced their rotation plans for the start of the season, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Assuming he will be ready to pitch, Francisco Liriano will remain the starter for opening day. He will be followed by Charlie Morton, Wandy Rodriguez and Gerrit Cole. Liriano will then make another start before Edinson Volquez gets his first start of the season.


Francisco Liriano scheduled to throw off mound Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (groin) is tentatively scheduled to throw off a mound in the bullpen Wednesday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Francisco Liriano still on track for season opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (groin) might not make another spring training start, but he remains on track to start opening day, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Francisco Liriano continues to deal with groin tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano still suffered from groin tightness Friday after exiting Thursday's game due to the injury, MLB.com reports.

Liriano received treatments Friday and will be re-evaluated Saturday. He's surrendered three earned runs in 11 2/3 innings this spring.


Francisco Liriano leaves with groin tightness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano could not make it through his sixth inning of work in a spring start against the Orioles Thursday, but insisted after the game he was not dealing with a serious injury.

Liriano was pulled after 5 2/3 scoreless innings, and told reporters after the game he was dealing with a little bit of tightness in his left groin. He was also already nearing his 85-pitch count anyways, as he finished with four hits and one walk allowed, while striking out four batters.

Liriano will be the team's opening day starter, assuming this injury ends up being as minor as initially thought. He went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA in 161 inning last season. 


Francisco Liriano earns first win of the spring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano was credited with his first win of the spring on Saturday against the Rays.

Liriano allowed a run to score on a sacrifice fly before settling down the rest of the way. He permitted one run on four hits and one walk while striking out three over three innings pitched. He has a 4.50 ERA through his first three starts this spring.

Francisco Liriano strikes out three in two scoreless innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano pitched two scoreless innings in Monday's 7-6 win over the Red Sox, allowing just a single walk while striking out three.

Liriano bounced back after allowing two earned runs on three hits in a single inning during his spring debut. "I felt a lot better today with my fastball command," he told MLB.com. "Everything is going the way I want it to go as I'm getting ready for the season."

Liriano is looking to duplicate the success of last season after going 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA in his first season in Pittsburgh.


Francisco Liriano a little rusty in debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano was a little rusty in his debut Wednesday against the Yankees.

Liriano started off the game with a leadoff walk, which came back to bite him. He wound up giving up three hits and two earned runs in one inning of work. Liriano posted a 3.02 ERA in 161 innings last season.


Francisco Liriano aiming for 20-win season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Now that Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has been named the opening day starter, he can turn his attention to accomplishing his 2014 goals, which includes a lofty win total.

"We have great pitchers, and I am just trying to fit in well with everybody and do my job," he said, per MLB.com. "I am looking forward to opening day and trying to get ready for the season. My goal is to stay healthy the whole year and try to win 20 at least."


Francisco Liriano named opening day starter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano will start opening day for the club, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Manager Clint Hurdle announced the decision in front of reporters Tuesday. Liriano is certainly deserving of the honor based on what he did last season. In 161 innings, Liriano posted a 3.02 ERA. He struck out 163 hitters.

Liriano will face the Cubs March 31.


Mariano Rivera, Francisco Liriano are Comeback Players of the Year


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2013) Major League Baseball announced the winners for the MLB Comeback Player of the Year awards in each league on Monday night. Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano and New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera were the recipients. 

Liriano was phenomenal for the Pirates this season in bringing the Bucs to the playoffs. He went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA and 163 strikeouts over 161 innings one season after going 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA over 34 appearances combined between the White Sox and Twins. 

Rivera, who appeared in just nine games in the 2012 season due to injury, bounced back with a superb final season in the majors. Rivera retires after notching 44 saves with a 2.11 ERA. Rivera has 652 career saves, more than any other player in major league history. 


Francisco Liriano available out of bullpen in Game 5


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2013) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano is available out of the bullpen for the team's decisive Game 5 against the Cardinals in the National League Division Series Wednesday, FOX Sports Midwest reports.

Rookie Gerrit Cole draws the start for the elimination game, while A.J. Burnett is unavailable to pitch. Should the Pirates use Liriano Wednesday and win the elimination game, Burnett would be the logical candidate to start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.


Francisco Liriano takes no-decision in Game 3 win


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano took a no-decision in Sunday's Game 3 NLDS win over St. Louis.

Liriano allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. He was a bit wild, as he threw just 58 strikes in 101 pitches, but he drew 12 whiffs and did enough to post a quality start. Liriano has allowed three runs in 13 postseason innings (2.08 ERA).

Francisco Liriano named Game 3 starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals Sunday, the team announced.

Liriano, who earned the win in the team's Wild Card game Tuesday, went 3-0 while allowing just two earned runs in 24 innings over three starts against the Cardinals during the regular season. He surrendered just 10 hits and five walks while striking out 20 in his three starts against his Sunday opponent.


Francisco Liriano wins with sore throat


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, who defeated the Reds Tuesday to get Pittsburgh into the NLDS against the Cardinals, said he pitched with a sore throat, FOX Sports reports. Liriano said he feels OK and is expected to pitch Game 3 on Sunday for the Pirates. 

Francisco Liriano wins first playoff game in Pittsburgh since 1992


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano was brilliant Tuesday night over seven strong innings in a 6-2 win to put Pittsburgh into the National League Division Series. Liriano defeated the Reds in the wild card playoff game.

Liriano dominated the Reds as he gave up just four hits and one run over 90 pitches. He struck out five batters and was in control from the beginning. The Pirates got plenty of run support with two homers from Russell Martin. The battery was in charge from the start as Pittsburgh won its first playoff game since 1992.

The 29-year-old ace of the staff this season for Pittsburgh went 16-8 over 26 starts. He finished with a 3.02 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with 163 strikeouts over 161 innings. Liriano will make his next appearance in the Division Series against the Cardinals.

Francisco Liriano gets ball for wild card game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Pirates hurler Francisco Liriano has been tabbed as the starter for Tuesday's National League wild card playoff game against Cincinnati, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Saturday. 

Manager Clint Hurdle is trusting Liriano with the ball after the 29-year-old posted a 16-8 record this season with a 3.02 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 163:63 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 161 innings.