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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Francisco Liriano fired six scoreless frames in a 9-0 win over the Yankees on Friday.
It was his best start as a member of the Blue Jays. Liriano limited the Yankees to just three hits (two of them from Gary Sanchez) while walking two batters and striking out six. The veteran southpaw has quietly posted a 3.35 ERA through seven starts and two relief appearances with Toronto. He’ll finish off the regular season with a start against the Orioles at home next week. Sep 23 - 10:40 PM

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Francisco Liriano gave up four runs -- two earned -- in six innings and was charged with a loss to the Angels on Saturday.

He struck out four but gave up six hits and two walks. His defense didn't do him any favors, making three errors behind him. He falls to 7-13 with a 5.08 ERA on the season. He strikes out a lot of batters but walks way too many. He has 152 punchouts in 150 2/3 innings. His 82 walks are the second-most in the major leagues.
Sep 18 - 1:47 AM

Francisco Liriano's return to the Blue Jays' rotation went well, as he held the Rays to two runs over 6 1/3 frames in a 3-2 victory Monday.

Liriano allowed a leadoff single to Logan Forsythe to lead off the game but didn't give up another hit until Evan Longoria and Brad Miller went back-to-back to lead off the seventh inning. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had a quick hook after that, pulling Liriano after he got a foulout even though he had only thrown 72 pitches. Liriano's previous two appearances came in relief, but it's safe to say he'll get at least one more start. It will come this weekend in Anaheim.
Sep 12 - 9:53 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that Francisco Liriano might start Monday versus the Rays.

Liriano has been in the bullpen for the last week as the Jays moved back to a five-man rotation for a while, but the plan has always been to put the lefty back in the rotation at some point. The southpaw holds a 3.97 ERA in four starts since joining the Jays and a 5.22 mark overall in 25 starts this season.
Sep 9 - 4:25 PM

Francisco Liriano reported feeling better Tuesday after leaving a relief appearance Monday with back tightness.

Liriano worked two scoreless innings before exiting, looking much sharper than he did in his three-run relief debut last Friday versus the Rays. He should be available again by the end of this week, and there's still talk of him getting more starts down the stretch. Liriano owns a 4.38 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through 24 2/3 innings (four starts, two relief appearances) in a Toronto uniform.
Sep 6 - 9:09 PM

Francisco Liriano failed to retire a batter in a relief appearance Friday against the Rays while allowing three runs on two hits.

It was his first relief appearance since September of 2012 and it didn’t go well, as he gave up a homer to Luke Maile before Logan Forsythe reached on an error. Kevin Kiermaier then tripled to plate another run before John Gibbons brought the hook. Liriano is still expected to get more starts this year, but the Blue Jays will go with a five-man rotation for now with Aaron Sanchez back in the big leagues.
Sep 2 - 10:25 PM

Francisco Liriano will be available out of the bullpen this weekend for the Blue Jays.

The club plans to give Liriano more starts this season, but he'll be used in relief for now. The left-hander holds a 3.97 ERA in four starts since joining the Jays and a 5.22 mark overall in 25 starts this season. Liriano hasn't made a relief appearance since 2012.
Sep 2 - 4:50 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Friday that the "most likely scenario" has the club starting Marco Estrada on Saturday and J.A. Happ on Sunday in Tampa.

The Jays have the opportunity to manipulate their rotation this week with Aaron Sanchez being re-inserted. Francisco Liriano hasn't started since last Friday, and it appears he's not going to make another start until next week. R.A. Dickey will also go over a week in between starts.

Francisco Liriano gave up four runs (three earned) over five innings in Friday’s win over the Twins.

Liriano gave up just two hits (including a solo homer to Trevor Plouffe), but he walked four and struck out seven, so he needed 102 pitches to make it through five innings against his former team. The veteran southpaw now owns a 3.97 ERA and 23/10 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings over his first four starts with the Blue Jays. He lines up for a start against the Rays next weekend on the road.
Aug 26 - 11:17 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed an unearned run over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

It was a big improvement from his last outing. Liriano fanned seven and walked a pair and the only damage came on an RBI single from Mike Napoli in his final inning of work. The southpaw managed to avoid further damage in the frame to leave in position for the victory. Liriano has had two good starts and one bad one since coming over to the Blue Jays at the trade deadline, but we need to see more consistency before recommending him in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Aug 19 - 9:55 PM

Francisco Liriano surrendered five runs in 5 2/3 innings in Friday’s loss to the Astros.

Liriano was respectable in his Blue Jays debut last week, but he got hit around pretty good in this one. He gave up eight hits in all, including a homer to rookie Teoscar Hernandez in his final inning of work. One positive is that he has walked just two batters in each of his first two starts with Toronto. He lines up for a start against the Indians next week, but there’s not much fantasy appeal here right now.
Aug 12 - 10:08 PM

Francisco Liriano turned in a quality start by yielding three runs -- two earned -- in six innings but settled for a no-decision as the Blue Jays beat the Royals 4-3 on Friday.

It was his first start since joining Toronto at the trade deadline. The Blue Jays are happy with the early returns. He struck out five batters and issued two bases-on-balls while allowing seven hits. The major league leader with 71 walks was able to keep the free passes in check tonight and it paid off. His record holds at 6-11 with a 5.34 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 119 2/3 innings.
Aug 5 - 11:45 PM

Francisco Liriano's first start with the Blue Jays will come against the Royals on Friday.

The Pirates traded Liriano and two prospects to the Jays in exchange for Drew Hutchison on Monday. He struggled to a 5.46 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 21 starts prior to being shipped up north. Aaron Sanchez will start on Saturday, but could shift to the bullpen following that outing as the Jays look to keep his innings in check.
Aug 3 - 4:45 PM

Blue Jays acquired LHP Francisco Liriano, OF Harold Ramirez, and C Reese McGuire from the Pirates for RHP Drew Hutchison.

The deal is now official. Toronto is picking up all of Liriano's remaining salary (which includes $13 million for 2017), so they got the Pirates to throw in two promising prospects. The veteran southpaw has an ugly 5.46 ERA and leads the majors with 69 walks in 113 2/3 innings, but the acquisition likely signals the end of Aaron Sanchez's time in the Blue Jays' rotation.
Aug 1 - 6:28 PM

The Blue Jays have acquired left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Pirates, per Robert Murray of FanRag Sports.

Shi Davidi of reports that two prospects are also headed to Toronto while Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hears that outfielder Harold Ramirez is one of them. Gideon Turk of BP Toronto reports that Drew Hutchison is expected to be dealt to Pittsburgh. Liriano has struggled to the tune of a 5.46 ERA in 21 starts this season while walking 69 batters in 113 2/3 innings, but the Blue Jays will hope that a change of scenery can help him. It also likely signals that Aaron Sanchez will move to the bullpen. Liriano is under contract at $13 million for next season.
Aug 1 - 4:56 PM

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