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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher | #38

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 218
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Tigers are receiving trade inquiries on left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Liriano carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in Sunday's start against the Mariners, ultimately allowing one hit with three walks and five strikeouts over eight scoreless innings as part of a no-decision. The 34-year-old southpaw has been a nice pickup for the Tigers, posting a 3.42 ERA and 37/26 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings over nine starts. The rebuilding Tigers would surely love to flip him for something, though the timetable for such a deal is unclear. He likely wouldn't cost much in a potential trade. May 21 - 10:54 AM

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Francisco Liriano allowed a lone hit over eight scoreless innings Sunday, but took a no-decision against the Mariners.

Liriano carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Mitch Haniger's one-out single. That relegated it to simply a brilliant outing for the southpaw, who had gone 8 1/3 innings in his previous two starts combined. Unfortunately for Liriano, Shane Greene couldn't hold the lead to get him his fourth win. In nine starts this year, Liriano has a 3.42 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'll look for that fourth win Saturday against the White Sox.
May 20 - 9:34 PM

Francisco Liriano was touched up for five runs over just 4 1/3 frames but escaped with a no-decision in the Tigers' 9-8 comeback win over the Indians.

Liriano was a mess in this one as he has a tendency to be on occasion, giving up seven hits and walking three. The big blow was a grand slam served up to Brandon Guyer with two outs in the first inning. Liriano has mostly been solid this year, but he’s not getting as many strikeouts as you’d hope and has now posted two straight clunkers. He’ll take on the Mariners on the road Sunday.
May 15 - 11:07 PM

Francisco Liriano yielded four hits and three runs over four innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Rangers.

He finished with four walks and three strikeouts. Liriano’s command was spotty all day as the left-hander threw just 41 of his 81 pitches for strikes. He also hit a pair of batters in the fourth inning but was bailed out by a double-play. The only extra-base hit he allowed came on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s RBI triple in the third. The veteran will take a 3-1 record into his next outing Tuesday versus Cleveland.
May 9 - 6:54 PM

Francisco Liriano was outstanding in Friday's no-decision against the Royals, allowing one run on three hits in his seven-plus innings.

The veteran left-hander fanned five and walked two in the ballgame. He carried a shutout into the eighth inning and was pulled after he walked the leadoff batter. The Tigers' bullpen then proceeded to implode and ruin Liriano's much-deserved victory. He has been a tremendous addition to the Tigers' rotation this season, boasting a 2.97 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 26/16 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings through his first six starts. If he keeps this up, he'll make for a very attractive trade chip at the deadline.
May 4 - 11:07 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed three earned runs, six hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings in a road victory against the Orioles on Saturday.

Liriano threw 51 of his 87 pitches for strikes in the quality start, but the fact he logged just one strikeout was a little disappointing to his fantasy owners. The key to his success so far this season has been his ability to keep the ball in he park, serving up just three homers over 29 1/3 innings while turning in three quality starts in five outings overall. Next up is a road assignment Friday in Kansas City opposite Ian Kennedy, a very favorable matchup.
Apr 28 - 11:59 PM

Francisco Liriano gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no decision against the Royals on Sunday.

Liriano cruised through the first five innings, striking out six and allowing no hits through those first five. Things quickly went downhill in the sixth, as he gave up a solo shot to Whit Merrifield to open the season, and two more runs came in. The southpaw still owns a solid 3.13 ERA for his efforts on the year, and he's at least earned the right to stay in the Detroit rotation for the foreseeable future. His next start will come on Saturday against Baltimore, and you might want to look elsewhere considering how right-handed the Orioles' lineup is.
Apr 22 - 4:41 PM

Francisco Liriano gave up two runs over five innings in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Orioles.

Control was an issue as it often can be with Liriano, as he walked three, but he did record seven strikeouts. Trey Mancini took the left-hander deep and the O’s plated another run on an RBI single. Liriano has looked good through his first three starts, but you still never know what you’ll get from him outing to outing. He’ll take on the Royals next.
Apr 17 - 9:41 PM

Saturday's game between the Yankees and Tigers has been postponed due to rain.

The two sides will attempt to play a split doubleheader on Sunday, but given the rain that's in the forecast for Sunday that seems optimistic. Saturday's scheduled starters, Francisco Liriano and Luis Cessa, will presumably be pushed back to one of the games on Sunday.
Apr 14 - 11:08 AM

Francisco Liriano lost after holding the Indians to two runs and three hits over six innings on Monday.

Liriano is throwing well, but that he's likely to get lousy offensive and bullpen support is a big reason we're not very fond of him in mixed leagues. Of course, Corey Kluber probably would have mowed down any lineup tonight. Liriano is 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA after two starts.
Apr 9 - 11:05 PM

Francisco Liriano limited the Royals to one run over 6 2/3 innings to pick up a win in his Tigers debut Monday.

Liriano was fortunate early on after a pair of long shots from Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler turned into outs on a chilly day at Comerica. He got better as the outing went along, and it helped a bunch that the Royals are sporting a particularly putrid lineup against lefties with Salvador Perez on the disabled list. Liriano doesn't rate as a mixed-league guy right now.
Apr 2 - 4:33 PM

Francisco Liriano pitched six innings of two-run ball Monday against the Rays.

Brad Miller hit a two-run homer in the first, but Liriano shut down the Rays from there and ended up striking out six. He should be helpful in AL-only leagues while healthy. Pitching for such a poor team will limit his mixed-league potential.
Mar 26 - 4:15 PM

Francisco Liriano was able to limit the Braves to two runs in his five innings of work despite walking five on Wednesday.

Liriano really struggled to find the strike zone in his start, but he was able to limit the damage; in part because he was able to strike out four. It's been a solid spring training for the left-hander, and he's cemented himself as one of Detroit's starters to open the season. He's worth a late-round flier because of his ability to miss bats, but prepare for a ton of volatility.
Mar 21 - 7:49 PM

Tigers' manager Ron Gardenhire announced Sunday that Francisco Liriano had secured a spot in the club's Opening Day rotation.

Liriano has been impressive in Grapefruit League play, and given the poor competition around him, this didn't come as a surprise. He makes for an interesting flier in the final rounds of fantasy drafts.
Mar 11 - 4:47 PM

Francisco Liriano worked three scoreless innings Sunday in a Grapefruit League start against the Braves.

Liriano yielded two hits and two walks but also struck out four of the 12 batters he faced. The veteran left-hander suffered a left hamstring injury early on in Tigers camp, but he's caught up now and has a pretty good shot of claiming the final spot in Detroit's starting rotation.
Mar 11 - 2:32 PM

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