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Francisco Liriano struck out 11 Giants, yielding one run over seven innings to earn his third victory on Tuesday.

In addition to his season-high punch out total, Liriano issued only one free pass and scattered four hits. The only one that really counted was Mike Morse's solo homer in the third, but Pittsburgh fortunately already held a 3-0 lead. Liriano was dominant from there on out, and Tony Watson and Mark Melancon pitched in an inning of shutout relief work apiece. The left-handed Liriano entered the game 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts since returning from the disabled list (oblique strain). Many owners jumped ship when he hit the shelf with a 1-6 record and 4.60 ERA last month. That just means there's room on board for the rest of us, who should make sure the former Twin is owned across formats. Liriano travels to Arizona on Sunday.

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Francisco Liriano pitched well against the Dodgers on Wednesday, holding them to one run over seven innings en route to his second win of the season.

Liriano didn't have the strikeout stuff working the way he did in his last start against the Rockies, but he limited the Dodgers to four hits and a pair of walks while fanning seven. The lefty finished the seventh inning for the first time since April 21. Now with a 4.18 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 93/47 K/BB ratio, Liriano will look to keep it going against the Giants on the road next week.

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Francisco Liriano was wild in his return to the mound Sunday, walking six while allowing three runs over four innings against the Reds.

In his first start since June 10 due to a strained oblique, Liriano was a mixed bag. The six walks were a negative, but he gave up just three hits and struck out four over his four innings of work. Liriano struggled to a 4.72 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in the first half that included the oblique injury, so he'll look for a better showing in the season's second half.

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Pirates activated LHP Francisco Liriano from the 15-day disabled list.

Liriano will make his return to the Pirates' rotation on Sunday against the Reds after missing a month with a strained left oblique. He held a 4.60 ERA before going on the DL but is probably worth starting in fantasy leagues immediately against a Reds lineup that's missing a couple key pieces.

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Francisco Liriano (oblique) will return to the Pirates' starting rotation Sunday against the Reds.

Liriano wound up missing a month with a strained left oblique. He made a dominant rehab start Monday at Triple-A Indianapolis, fanning eight batters and allowing only three hits over six scoreless innings. Vance Worley has been moved to the Pittsburgh bullpen.

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Francisco Liriano (oblique) will return to the Pirates' starting rotation this weekend versus the Reds.

Liriano was fantastic in his rehab debut Monday at Triple-A Indianapolis, striking out eight batters and yielding only three hits over six scoreless innings against the Phillies' Triple-A team. The left-hander has been out since June 11 with a strained oblique.

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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Thursday didn't want to commit to a timetable for Francisco Liriano (oblique) beyond Monday's rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Liriano is expected to get his pitch count up to around 85, so he'd probably be physically ready to rejoin the Pirates' rotation after that. However, Hurdle will wait to see how the lefty looks Monday before committing to anything. "I don't want to get in front of us," Hurdle explained. "I want to make sure that we're good with him and give him the time, the mound time that he needs to get confidence back in his body, his arm, his delivery and all those things. I think we'll just continue to take it one outing at a time and get his feedback as we continue to push forward."

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Francisco Liriano (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

He's set for five innings and/or 85 pitches. The Pirates had been considering bringing Liriano back without a rehab assignment, but obviously they've decided against it. He might only require just the one rehab start since he'll get his pitch count up pretty high Monday, so a return before the end of the first half is possible.

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Francisco Liriano (oblique) threw a successful four-inning simulated game on Wednesday afternoon.

"[There] seem to be no complications," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after the workout. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow and we'll map out something, probably eventually a rehab assignment." Liriano has been on the disabled list since June 11 with a strained oblique. He might be out through the All-Star break, depending on how many rehab starts the Bucs ask him to make.

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Francisco Liriano (oblique) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

Liriano felt good after a 52-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and is now ready for the next step. The left-hander has been out since June 11 with a strained oblique muscle. He might not require a rehab start.