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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Francisco Liriano struck out eight in six scoreless innings, but came away with a no-decision Monday against the Cardinals.
Liriano left with a one-run lead, which was promptly blown by Jared Hughes in the seventh. He's now winless in his last five starts, even though he's turned in quality starts in four of those games. Aug 25 - 10:12 PM

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Francisco Liriano was pounded for nine runs -- seven earned -- in four innings by the Braves in a loss Tuesday.

Liriano had gone 10 straight starts without allowing more than three runs, so tonight's shelling is hardly representative of his season. Nevertheless, he now sports a 3-10 record to go along with a 4.18 ERA. It's still worth sticking with him in mixed leagues.
Aug 19 - 10:16 PM

Francisco Liriano struck out nine while allowing two runs over six innings Thursday in a loss to the Tigers.

Pitching around his own error in the first, Liriano held the Tigers hitless for four until J.D. Martinez homered to start the fifth. Unfortunately, he was just matched up against an even better pitcher in Max Scherzer today. Liriano is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA and a 42/12 K/BB ratio in 38 innings since the All-Star break.
Aug 14 - 4:31 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed two earned runs over seven innings Saturday in a loss to the Padres.

San Diego didn't manage a hit after the first inning, but it was a two-run opening frame and Pittsburgh's offense couldn't beat that. Liriano is now 3-8 on the season despite a solid 3.82 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He will hope for better support next time out versus Detroit.
Aug 9 - 10:06 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed two runs while striking out six over six innings in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Liriano was at 79 pitches when he was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the seventh, but the left-hander turned in his third straight strong outing regardless. Liriano gave up just four hits and walked one in his six innings of work. After scuffling in his first start following activation from the disabled list on July 13, Liriano has gone four starts without allowing more than two runs. Looking more like the Liriano who took the National League by storm in 2013, he'll square off with the Padres in search of his fourth win on Saturday.
Aug 3 - 9:58 PM

Francisco Liriano struck out 11 Giants, yielding one run over seven innings to earn his third victory on Tuesday.

In addition to his season-high punch out total, Liriano issued only one free pass and scattered four hits. The only one that really counted was Mike Morse's solo homer in the third, but Pittsburgh fortunately already held a 3-0 lead. Liriano was dominant from there on out, and Tony Watson and Mark Melancon pitched in an inning of shutout relief work apiece. The left-handed Liriano entered the game 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts since returning from the disabled list (oblique strain). Many owners jumped ship when he hit the shelf with a 1-6 record and 4.60 ERA last month. That just means there's room on board for the rest of us, who should make sure the former Twin is owned across formats. Liriano travels to Arizona on Sunday.
Jul 30 - 1:08 AM

Francisco Liriano pitched well against the Dodgers on Wednesday, holding them to one run over seven innings en route to his second win of the season.

Liriano didn't have the strikeout stuff working the way he did in his last start against the Rockies, but he limited the Dodgers to four hits and a pair of walks while fanning four. The lefty finished the seventh inning for the first time since April 21. Now with a 4.18 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 93/47 K/BB ratio, Liriano will look to keep it going against the Giants on the road next week.
Jul 23 - 9:50 PM

Francisco Liriano delivered a strong performance in a no-decision against the Rockies on Friday, allowing just one unearned run on three hits over his five frames.

The hard-throwing left-hander punched out eight on the night while issuing three free passes. While he's been inconsistent on the season, he has shown the ability to perform as one of the elite hurlers in the league when healthy, and needs to be owned and started in most mixed leagues. He'll take on the Dodgers at home his next time out.
Jul 19 - 12:26 AM

Francisco Liriano was wild in his return to the mound Sunday, walking six while allowing three runs over four innings against the Reds.

In his first start since June 10 due to a strained oblique, Liriano was a mixed bag. The six walks were a negative, but he gave up just three hits and struck out four over his four innings of work. Liriano struggled to a 4.72 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in the first half that included the oblique injury, so he'll look for a better showing in the season's second half.
Jul 13 - 6:42 PM

Pirates activated LHP Francisco Liriano from the 15-day disabled list.

Liriano will make his return to the Pirates' rotation on Sunday against the Reds after missing a month with a strained left oblique. He held a 4.60 ERA before going on the DL but is probably worth starting in fantasy leagues immediately against a Reds lineup that's missing a couple key pieces.
Jul 13 - 10:55 AM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) will return to the Pirates' starting rotation Sunday against the Reds.

Liriano wound up missing a month with a strained left oblique. He made a dominant rehab start Monday at Triple-A Indianapolis, fanning eight batters and allowing only three hits over six scoreless innings. Vance Worley has been moved to the Pittsburgh bullpen.
Jul 9 - 5:21 PM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) will return to the Pirates' starting rotation this weekend versus the Reds.

Liriano was fantastic in his rehab debut Monday at Triple-A Indianapolis, striking out eight batters and yielding only three hits over six scoreless innings against the Phillies' Triple-A team. The left-hander has been out since June 11 with a strained oblique.
Jul 8 - 5:20 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Thursday didn't want to commit to a timetable for Francisco Liriano (oblique) beyond Monday's rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Liriano is expected to get his pitch count up to around 85, so he'd probably be physically ready to rejoin the Pirates' rotation after that. However, Hurdle will wait to see how the lefty looks Monday before committing to anything. "I don't want to get in front of us," Hurdle explained. "I want to make sure that we're good with him and give him the time, the mound time that he needs to get confidence back in his body, his arm, his delivery and all those things. I think we'll just continue to take it one outing at a time and get his feedback as we continue to push forward."
Jul 4 - 9:38 AM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

He's set for five innings and/or 85 pitches. The Pirates had been considering bringing Liriano back without a rehab assignment, but obviously they've decided against it. He might only require just the one rehab start since he'll get his pitch count up pretty high Monday, so a return before the end of the first half is possible.
Jul 3 - 4:05 PM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) threw a successful four-inning simulated game on Wednesday afternoon.

"[There] seem to be no complications," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after the workout. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow and we'll map out something, probably eventually a rehab assignment." Liriano has been on the disabled list since June 11 with a strained oblique. He might be out through the All-Star break, depending on how many rehab starts the Bucs ask him to make.
Jul 3 - 10:41 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel