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Pirates (19-16) at Mets (14-18)
1:10 PM–Citi Field, New York
The Pirates and Mets meet up in an early afternoon game today, which is good news for folks in Pittsburgh because the Pens play tonight at 7. As a result, ROOT can finally pull off a Bucs and Pucks doubleheader.
If you haven’t heard yet, catcher Tony Sanchez is in New York (but not officially on the team) in case Russell Martin needs to go on the DL.
The Pirates have also sent pitcher Duke Welker back to the minors to clear a roster spot for Francisco Liriano, today’s starter. Welker did not get in to a game during his short stint with the Bucs, but he’ll probably be back up later.
Neil Walker had a rehab game rained out last night in Altoona, so he’ll be staying there today and tomorrow. Hopefully he joins the Bucs on Monday.
Francisco Liriano (0-0, 0.00) vs. Jon Niese (2-3, 4.66)
Liriano, the subject of so much drama after signing/agreeing to sign with the Bucs, finally makes his 2013 debut this afternoon. It will be very interesting to see what the lefty can do. The key to his success (more so than most pitchers) is control, and while his last few seasons were not very good in that regard, he had a 33/4 K/BB ratio in his rehab outings (21.2 innings), so that is very encouraging. His strikeout stuff will be there, but the Bucs need more than that. Remember that this was a risky move and that Liriano is no guarantee to save the rotation, but he should be an improvement.
Niese has pitched well against the Bucs in the past but has been mediocre so far this season. The lefty walked six in his last outing and struck out only one more (20) than he’s walked (19) on the year, so the Bucs should be patient against him.
Bucs vs. Niese
Mets vs. Liriano
Here’s the #Pirates lineup for the 1:10 game in NY. Today Francisco Liriano will make his Bucco debut. #LetsGoBucstwitter.com/Pirates/status…
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 11, 2013
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Francisco Liriano could be a difference maker for the Pirates.
Francisco Liriano will be making his Pittsburgh Pirates debut today, going up against the New York Mets. The Pirates agreed to sign Liriano over the off-season to a two-year, $12.75 M deal. Shortly after the agreement, Liriano broke his right (non-throwing) arm. That delayed the signing, and eventually resulted in a re...
Francisco Liriano retired the first seven Mets hitters en route to a nice debut.
If the Pirates make a run for the playoffs, a real run in which they are keeping pace with the Reds and the Cardinals, look back at this game. Look back at Saturday’s 11-2 win over the New York Mets and see the where it all started to come together. The hitters set season highs in hits and runs, and...
Francisco Liriano has been activated for his start today.
As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates have activated left-hander Francisco Liriano from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, they have optioned Duke Welker to Triple-A. Welker was recalled earlier this week to add some bullpen depth after Jeanmar Gomez joined the rotation, but didn’t make an appearance...
Francisco Liriano is set to come off the disabled list and make his Pittsburgh Pirates debut Saturday against the New York Mets.
The left-hander has been sidelined all season while recovering from a broken right arm. He made five minor league rehab starts - three for Triple-A Indianapolis - and struck out 33 with four walks in 21 2-3 innings. He was 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA.
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Brief Review: Francisco Liriano’s First Start
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule
Brief Review: Francisco Liriano’s First Start
Talented and also mercurial left-hander Francisco Liriano made his major-league season debut yesterday (Saturday) against...
I am guessing that Major League Baseball players think that going to the minors to rehab can be somewhat of a nuisance. They probably have guys on the minor league team asking for photo opps, autographs, tips…etc. Still players need to get back into the swing of things so they are forced to play a quick stint in the minors.
For Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano he made...
Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez is in New York to potentially join the team if Russell Martin has to hit the DL with neck soreness. The Pirates will need to decide by 10 AM tomorrow if he will be joining the roster or not. Martin was emphatic in saying he would not be going on the DL this morning, so we’ll see.
Sanchez, of course, was the Bucs’ first-round pick in the...
Tony Sanchez was sent back to Indianapolis.
The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t end up needing Tony Sanchez. The catcher was brought up on the taxi squad yesterday, which gave the Pirates until 10:10 AM this morning to make a decision on him. Sanchez was added mostly as an option in case the Pirates had to play a double header today. Russell Martin wouldn’t have been able to go, and...
The Francisco Liriano Saga has been a long and strange one without Liriano ever even throwing a pitch for the Pirates. Today, he'll finally make his first start for the Bucs. Even if Liriano hadn't missed the season's first six weeks recovering from a broken humerus in his right (non-throwing) arm suffered under weird circumstances over Christmas, I'd tell you that...
The Pirates couldn’t have asked for a much better game on Saturday afternoon, as they blew out the Mets behind an offensive explosion and a strong performance from Francisco Liriano.
Liriano is the big story, as the lefty was making his Bucco debut. We didn’t really know what to expect – his rehab numbers were encouraging, but those usually mean very little. He’s got the...
Tony Sanchez could be joining the Pirates soon.
Russell Martin has missed the last few games with a sore neck, and could be a candidate to go on the disabled list. If that happens, the Pirates will need a catcher to replace Martin. Tony Sanchez could be that catcher, and according to Kristy Robinson he is already on his way to New York.
Source: #Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez...
Francisco Liriano made his Pirates debut today and was far better than expected. He pitched 5 and one-third innings, giving up just one run. Jordy Mercer hit 2 homeruns and Jose Tabata was 4-for-5 as the Pirates beat the Mets for the second day in a row, this time by a score of 11 to…
Mets hope Niese can get back on track for Banner Day. First pitch slated for 1:10 PM.
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Pirates (20-16) at Mets (14-19)
1:10 PM–Citi Field, New York
The Bucs finish this weekend’s series in New York with another afternoon game on Mother’s Day. Be sure to take the advice of the Bucs’ equipment manager today.
Tony Sanchez was not activated from the taxi squad, so Russell Martin‘s injury apparently isn’t serious (although...