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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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 struck out six in 5 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout of the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Liriano notched his first win after giving up seven runs over seven innings in his first two starts. While he's still sporting a 5.11 ERA at the moment, his stuff has looked good and he's a worthy play in mixed leagues. He's due to face the Angels and Rays next week. Apr 19 - 10:35 PM

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Francisco Liriano rebounded from a disastrous first start to strike out 10 Orioles batters while allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings Thursday.

Liriano got just one out in his season debut against the Rays, but the O's found his less inviting. The southpaw fanned 10 while allowing five hits and two walks, with a blip in the fifth inning responsible for the only runs against him. Unfortunately for Liriano, it was enough to saddle him with the loss, but the outing was a positive one overall. His control issues always make him a risk for ugly outings, but the 33-year-old had a tremendous spring and has a history of pitching at a high level. We'll see which pitcher shows up when Liriano and the Jays face off against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 8:20 AM

Francisco Liriano was obliterated by the Rays in his season debut on Friday, surrendering five runs on three hits and four walks in only 1/3 of an inning.

It was the shortest start of the veteran southpaw's career. Liriano simply wasn't able to throw the ball over the plate, throwing just 12 strikes in his 34 pitches thrown. This unexpected disaster came after Liriano was dominant throughout the preseason. He'll try to somehow put this one behind him and get to work on lowering his 135.00 ERA when he takes on the Orioles at home on Thursday.
Apr 7 - 11:09 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed one run on two hits in 3 2/3 innings during a 6-4 win over the Pirates in an exhibition game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

He racked up four strikeouts and two walks in his last start of what has been an encouraging spring for his owners. He finishes with an even 2.00 ERA and an amazing 29 strikeouts and six walks through 18 innings. Strikeouts have never been a problem for Liriano, but walks have. Only one pitcher (Jimmy Nelson) walked more batters than Liriano last year. He split last season between the Pirates and Blue Jays, going 8-13 with a 4.69 ERA in 163 innings.
Apr 1 - 4:59 PM

Francisco Liriano fanned seven while allowing one run in 4 2/3 innings Sunday against the Orioles.

The slider has been working for Liriano all spring; he's sporting a 25/4 K/BB ratio in just 14 1/3 innings. He'd still look really good in the Pirates rotation right about now.
Mar 26 - 3:47 PM

Despite 10 strikeouts, Francisco Liriano took a loss after allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings Monday against the Twins.

Liriano has an 18/2 K/BB ratio in his three starts this spring. The runs he allowed today were his first surrendered in his 9 2/3 innings. As far as he is concerned, it's definitely time for the regular season to start.
Mar 20 - 5:46 PM

Francisco Liriano made easy work of the Phillies on Thursday, pitching three hitless innings in the Blue Jays' 6-4 win.

Liriano struck out five and walked one. He's fanned eight in five scoreless innings this spring. We try not to read much into spring stars, but Liriano had strong springs before fine seasons in 2014 and 2015 and had a tough March prior to last year's very disappointing first half. Maybe there's something to all of that.
Mar 9 - 4:37 PM

Francisco Liriano struck out three in two scoreless innings Friday against the Yankees.

Liriano struggled with the Pirates last year, but he was a whole lot better after arriving in Toronto. His fantasy upside isn't what it was, since he's gone from the NL Central and PNC Park to the AL East and the Rogers Centre, but he should be of use in mixed leagues at times this year.
Mar 3 - 4:20 PM

Francisco Liriano (concussion) is ready to go for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Indians on Saturday.

It's the first day he's eligible to return after his concussion in Game 2 of the ALDS last Friday. The veteran southpaw will pitch in a relief role during the series.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 01:23:00 PM

Francisco Liriano (concussion) is on the Blue Jays' ALCS roster.

Liriano had to be removed from the ALDS roster after suffering a concussion as a result of a line drive to the back of the head, but he's been symptom-free for a while now. He can't officially be added to the roster until Game 2. Devon Travis (knee) is also on the roster, as expected, and so are Dalton Pompey and Ryan Goins. Justin Smoak and Scott Feldman have lost their spots.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Francisco Liriano (concussion) is on track to return for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Indians on Saturday.

Liriano, who is working his way back from a concussion, made it through a bullpen session on Thursday with no issues. He's not eligible to return until Saturday, so the Blue Jays will have a 24-man roster for Game 1.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 06:47:00 PM

Francisco Liriano (concussion) is expected to throw a side session Thursday.

Barring any setbacks, Liriano should be good to go for the ALCS against the Indians. He would be eligible to return on Saturday. The southpaw is expected to pitch out of the bullpen during the series.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 04:43:00 PM

Francisco Liriano (concussion) said he's symptom-free and expects to be activated Saturday.

Liriano was removed from Blue Jays' ALDS roster after he was hit in the back of a head with a line drove in Game 2 on Friday. He'll still have to pass a concussion test, but he appears on track to join the Jays as soon as he's eligible for Game 2.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 03:25:00 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that Francisco Liriano (concussion) is feeling better, but his status is uncertain.

Liriano suffered a concussion when was hit in the back of the head with a line drive in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said that he had an "awesome," symptom-free day Monday, which is great news, but he has yet to resume throwing. They'll continue to monitor his status over the next couple of days.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 02:47:00 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Monday that Francisco Liriano (concussion) had an "awesome," symptom-free day Monday.

Liriano was removed from the ALDS roster due to a mild concussion after he was hit in the back of the head with a line drive. It's unclear what his chances are of being ready for the ALCS, but it appears he's doing much better. Liriano pitched in relief in the ALDS but could conceivably be given a start in the ALCS.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 06:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
7Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Bo Schultz
10Dominic Leone
11Leonel Campos