Francisco Liriano SP PIT 9 hours ago

Liriano proved to be effectively wild Sunday, throwing 6.1 scoreless frames while allowing two hits and six walks. He struck out seven batters.

The lefty threw 61 of 107 pitches for strikes in a game his team led before he ever took the mound. Liriano had walked six batters, combined, in his first three starts. For the season, he now has 30 strikeouts in 24.1 IP. He'll next take on the Cards in St. Louis, where he totaled two scoreless innings in his lone start there last season before leaving with the flu.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 5 days ago

Liriano struck out nine and walked two while giving up three runs on three hits over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Cubs.

He needed 97 pitches to get through five frames, throwing a first-pitch strike to 12 of the 22 batters he faced. While he fared better in each of his first two starts this season, Liriano is picking up right where he left off in the second half of 2014, posting a 23:6 K:BB through 18 innings. He's scheduled to face the D-backs at Chase Field on Sunday in his next start.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Liriano (0-1) struck out seven and gave up just a single run on four hits and a walk over six innings Wednesday in a 1-0 loss to the Tigers.

Tough L for Liriano, who's delivered a pair of strong outings to start the year without being rewarded by a victory. He can be a bit inconsistent, but Liriano's electric stuff helps offset his shortcomings in terms of command and control.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 2 weeks ago

The Pirates reinstated Liriano from the paternity list Monday.

Liriano will return to the active roster after taking a few days to spend with his wife and newborn daughter. Liriano, who will replace Casey Sadler on the Pirates' roster, will make his next start Wednesday against the Tigers.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Liriano (paternity) will make his next start Wednesday against Detroit, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett will make scheduled starts Monday and Tuesday, with Jeff Locke throwing Friday (following an off-day Thursday). Liriano allowed two earned runs in six innings -- with nine strikeouts -- in his only appearance against the Tigers last year.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Liriano will miss his Sunday start due to the birth of his daughter, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The Pirates have not announced when Liriano will make his next start, but fantasy owners will have to wait another time for a two-start week from the lefty. Pittsburgh will recall Triple-A starter, Casey Sadler, to spot start for Liriano in Milwaukee.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 3 weeks ago

Liriano went seven strong innings against the Reds on Monday, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks, striking out seven. He did not get a decision in the game.

Liriano allowed the first run on a balk and the second on a Jay Bruce solo homer. The balk was just his fourth since the 2010 season.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 4 weeks ago

Liriano, who will start for the Pirates on Opening Day, is healthy entering 2015. "At the end, the last couple of months, I felt a lot better," Liriano told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I don't think I was 100 percent at all during the year. I was trying to fight through it and pitch every five days. This spring nothing is bothering me."

Liriano compiled a 3.02 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 161 IP two seasons ago, but needed a strong second-half finish in 2014 to end up with a 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. After signing the largest free-agent pitching deal in Pittsburgh history over the winter -- three years, $39 million -- he'll be counted upon to pitch like the ace he was in 2013. Lefties batted .270/.349/.349 in 129 PA against Liriano last season, but just .131/.138/.175 in 138 PA in 2013.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 1 month ago

Liriano struck out six in four scoreless innings Saturday against Boston.

The lefty showed a live 95-mph fastball but struggled with his command -- he threw 81 pitches before reaching his pitch count an inning earlier than anticipated. Liriano will look to break a career trend of slow starts in 2015. For his career, he holds a 5.97 ERA in April and even last season he compiled an earned-run average just north of 4.50 for the first two months.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 1 month ago

Liriano will start for the Pirates on Opening Day against the Reds, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Liriano gets the honor of an Opening Day nod, but he'd probably prefer not to start his season at the Great American Ballpark. His second outing lines up for Apr. 12 in Milwaukee, with his third start likely to be back in Pittsburgh against the Brewers.