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Game 44: Pirates 12 Diamondbacks 1

It is, first of all, always nice to see the Pirates sprint out to a big lead against someone and keep it after those two scares against the Rockies and Braves earlier this year. Francisco Liriano’s control was not at its best today, with five walks in 5 2/3 innings, but the Diamondbacks couldn’t do much of anything with the pitches that did cross the strike zone. Jared Hughes...
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Francisco Liriano has some serious home/road splits this year

Francisco Liriano has always had a home/road split as a Pirate. This isn’t necessarily surprising; PNC Park is a very friendly park to left-handed pitchers because it’s very unfriendly to right-handed hitters and Liriano fits into it almost like a hand in a glove, with his ground-ball oriented approach and the way he dominates left-handed hitters. His splits this year and beyond...
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Liriano, Pirates open home series vs. D-backs

The D-backs and Pirates open a three-game series on Tuesday night at PNC Park with Shelby Miller squaring off against Francisco Liriano.
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Pirates' Francisco Liriano spun around like a top trying to locate a grounder

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Francisco Liriano made one of the best between-the-legs catches you'll ever see back in 2013. On Wednesday night, he tried to make a similar snag, but the grounder went off his leg and he had absolutely no clue where the ball went.The hit came off the bat of Daniel Castro, who was able to leg out a single thanks to Liriano's confusion.It only took him two...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Beating Francisco Liriano, in Theory

It’s difficult to write about the bigger picture when there have been precisely three games played in the regular season. The picture, as it stands now, is microscopically small. So we focus on the little things. We observe, but we try not to draw conclusions. Mostly, we wonder and speculate about the upcoming year, just like we have been throughout the entire offseason, except...
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April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Twins' Nunez triples in tie with Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Left-hander Francisco Liriano breezed through his two innings of work on Friday as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins played to a 2-2 tie after nine innings.Liriano struck out the first four batters he faced. Ryan Sweeney hit a soft liner to second baseman Josh Harrison and John Ryan Murphy grounded out.The Pirates' likely opening day starter, Liriano called...
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March 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano and a League-Wide Trend

It’s been true for each of the last five years, that Francisco Liriano has finished each season with a higher strikeout rate than the one before it. It’s been true for each of the last four years, that Liriano has finished each season with a slower average fastball velocity than the one before it. The magnitude of these differences isn’t substantial — he’s gained a little...
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January 25, 2016  |  Discuss

The Yankees have opened up a Francisco Liriano-sized hole

Over the past few days the New York Yankees have seen a lot of pitching walk out the door. To be fair to the team, they have received players in return, it wasn’t simply a matter of a couple of pitchers making a run for it. Although that story would be significantly more interesting, it would also set some dangerous precedents regarding team control. In trades with the Chicago...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano: I Talked With Red Sox Before Signing With Pirates

This embed is invalid" /> Francisco Liriano apparently took the best deal available. But according to the pitcher, it wasn’t the only deal available. Liriano recently told Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that he had discussions with the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros before signing a three-year...
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Francisco Liriano, Pirates Agree To Three-Year, $39M Contract

This embed is invalid" /> Francisco Liriano will remain in the Steel City. Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract, a source told MLB Daily Rumors’ Robert Murray. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman has since confirmed the deal. Liriano spent the last two seasons in Pittsburgh, where he revitalized a career that...
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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