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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Francisco Liriano posted a quality start in Friday's no-decision against the Rockies, allowing three runs on four hits over his six frames.
Liriano punched out five on the night and issued three free passes. He entered the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead and in line for his 10th victory of the year before Carlos Gonzalez clobbered a solo homer to tie the game. He'll carry a terrific 3.27 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Aug 28 - 10:34 PM

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Francisco Liriano pitched well in Sunday's victory over the Giants, allowing just a pair of unearned runs on seven hits over his 5 1/3 innings of work.

The left-hander struck out five on the night while walking three. Though his defense didn't do him any favors, Liriano was able to keep his composure and make key pitches when it mattered most. He's in the midst of another terrific season, compiling a 3.22 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 159/54 K/BB ratio over 147 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Rockies his next time out on Friday in Pittsburgh.
Aug 23 - 11:53 PM

Francisco Liriano took a no-decision in Tuesday's 15-inning win over the Diamondbacks, yielding five runs in seven innings.

The Diamondbacks scored early, twice in the first inning and once in the second, but the Pirates matched them. Liriano took the hill to begin the eighth, but allowed a single and a walk before giving way to Jared Hughes, who allowed both of the lefty's runners to score and one of his own. Overall, Liriano gave up six hits and three walks while striking out five. He's been much more hittable as of late, but still carries a solid 3.35 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 154/51 K/BB ratio over 142 1/3 innings. He'll take the hill at home against the Giants next.
Aug 19 - 12:34 AM

Francisco Liriano racked up five strikeouts over six innings of work in Thursday's victory over the Cardinals.

Liriano allowed three runs on six hits and four walks on the evening. The Pirates staked him to a seven-run lead in the first inning, so he was on cruise control and just needed to avoid a blow up. Now 8-6 on the season, he'll carry a 3.19 ERA and 149/48 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start against the Diamondbacks.
Aug 13 - 11:12 PM

Francisco Liriano said he felt a "twinge" near his right armpit while batting Saturday against the Dodgers.

That might explain why he only lasted three innings. Liriano didn't seem overly concerned about the injury and expects to make his next start Thursday against the Cardinals. The left-hander hasn't lost since June 20.
Aug 8 - 9:16 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed four earned runs in three innings but the Pirates beat the Dodgers on Saturday.

Liriano gave up runs in the first, second, and third innings in what could have been a disastrous outing. But he helped his own cause with a three-run jack -- Liriano's first career home run -- and the Pittsburgh bullpen again pitched brilliantly. Liriano will bring a 3.13 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Mets.
Aug 8 - 7:56 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday that he plans for Francisco Liriano to start as scheduled on Saturday despite Monday's rainout.

Liriano threw just two innings in the rain-shortened contest, but Hurdle will give the left-hander his normal four days of rest despite the abbreviated outing. "I doubt we'll put him in place earlier," Hurdle said. "That's a guy three weeks removed from a neck injury. I think we'll just stay right on time with him."
Aug 4 - 9:56 PM

Francisco Liriano struck out 11 while allowing one run and three hits in six innings Thursday in a victory over the Nationals.

That's five straight quality starts for Liriano. All of those have resulted in Pirates victories, though Liriano himself has only gotten credit for two of the wins. He's just 6-6 on the year, but it comes with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.
Jul 23 - 10:39 PM

Francisco Liriano (neck) is expected to make his next scheduled start Thursday versus the Nationals.

Liriano was a late scratch Saturday in Milwaukee after experiencing tightness in his neck, but he made it through a side session Monday without issue. The veteran left-hander boasts a 2.98 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 125/39 K/BB ratio in 114 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 21 - 6:00 PM

Francisco Liriano has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday versus the Brewers with neck tightness.

The scratch was announced just minutes before the scheduled first pitch in Milwaukee. Vance Worley will start against the Brew Crew instead. It's a tough change of plans for the Bucs, who are trying to chase down the Cardinals in the National League Central. Liriano will presumably be feeling better by early next week.
Jul 18 - 7:08 PM

Francisco Liriano pitched well in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Sunday night, surrendering two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings of work.

The hard-throwing southpaw punched out six on the night while walking four. He departed with his team leading 3-2, but the Pirates bullpen was unable to protect his lead and deliver his sixth victory. Liriano heads into the All-Star break with an outstanding 2.98 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 125/39 K/BB ratio over 114 2/3 innings.
Jul 12 - 11:55 PM

Francisco Liriano held the Padres to two runs in six innings in a no-decision as the Pirates eked out a win on Tuesday.

Liriano scattered four hits and a walk while striking out six. The only two runs scored on Matt Kemp's double in the third inning. The lefty keeps his ERA below 3.00 at 2.99 with a 1.01 WHIP and a 119/35 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. Liriano will lead the Pirates into the All-Star break with a home start against the Cardinals.
Jul 7 - 11:51 PM

Francisco Liriano kept the Tigers off the scoreboard in Thursday's 8-4 win, scattering five hits over seven innings of shutout work.

The start might not have been perfect (Liriano walked three against five strikeouts), but the southpaw didn't allow a run and improved his record to 5-6 in the process. He's been remarkably consistent this season and holds a 2.99 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and a 113/31 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. Up next on the docket for Liriano, a home date with the Padres.
Jul 2 - 4:46 PM

Francisco Liriano went seven strong innings in Friday's no-decision against the Braves, allowing just two runs on six hits.

Liriano struck out three on the evening while walking three. He walked a Ryan Lavarnway with the bases loaded in the second inning, then kept the Braves off the board aside from Juan Uribe's solo homer in the sixth inning. He's enjoying another terrific season, registering a 3.21 ERA and 108/31 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Tigers in Detroit his next time out on Thursday.
Jun 26 - 11:07 PM

Francisco Liriano was touched up for five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Nationals.

Max Scherzer thoroughly out-dueled Liriano, twirling the first no-hitter of his career. Liriano walked one and gave up seven hits, including a fourth-inning Bryce Harper home run. He'll carry a still-shiny 3.26 ERA and 0.98 WHIP into his next start at home against the Braves. The veteran left-hander has tallied 105 strikeouts in 88 1/3 innings this season.
Jun 20 - 6:39 PM

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