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FRANCISCO LIRIANO RUMORS

Liriano aims to carry momentum into start vs. Reds

The Reds will tangle with the Pirates on Saturday night in the second game of a three-game series at PNC Park. Veteran right-hander Alfredo Simon will make his fifth appearance -- and fourth start -- of the season for the Reds, while Francisco Liriano will take the hill for the Pirates.
Via Pirates.com
5 hours ago

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...
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Freese gets 1st hit of 2016 MLB season, Liriano gets 1st RBI

David Freese of the Pirates has gotten the first hit of the new Major League Baseball season and Pittsburgh pitcher Francisco Liriano has driven in the first run. It was 39 degrees at PNC Park on Sunday when Liriano began the season by throwing a ball to St. Louis leadoff man Matt Carpenter. Gregory Polanco doubled in the second inning and scored the first run on Liriano's single...
Via Associated Press
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Olivera extends hit streak, Braves beat Liriano, Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Hector Olivera extended his hitting streak to seven games and drove in three runs as the Atlanta Braves roughed up opening day starter Francisco Liriano and the split-squad Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Monday. Liriano hit a home run, but departed after 3 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs, with one walk and five strikeouts. Olivera singled...
Via Associated Press
March 21, 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...
Via Associated Press
March 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Liriano sharp, efficient for Pirates in 2-2 tie vs. Twins

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) 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...
Via Associated Press
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...
Via Fangraphs
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...
Via BP Bronx
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...
Via NESN.com
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...
Via NESN.com
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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