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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.

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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.

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Liriano allowed two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings Thursday against the Yankees.

The lefty, who signed a three-year, $39 million deal in the offseason, will form a tag team with Gerrit Cole atop Pittsburgh's rotation. Injuries will likely sideline Liriano at some point in 2015, but he's more than capable of putting up good numbers when healthy.

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Liriano's reported re-signing with the Pirates on Tuesday is not a done deal, general manager Neal Huntington told MLB Network Radio. "We're working to push it to the finish line," Huntington said.

It was earlier reported that Liriano re-signed for three years, $39 million. Apparently there are a few details holding up the agreement, but those snags are not expected to blow up the deal.

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Liriano re-signed with the Pirates on Tuesday, agreeing to a three-year, $39 million deal, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Liriano, who unsurprisingly declined Pittsburgh's qualifying offer last month, will return to the Pirates on the multi-year deal he was believed to be seeking all along. He finished last season 7-10 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over 162.1 innings. The 31-year-old closed out the regular season strongly, going 4-0 in the month of September (five starts) while allowing just four earned runs and striking out 35 in 31.0 cumulative innings.

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Liriano declined the Pirates' qualifying offer of $15.3 million Monday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Liriano appears to be searching for a multi-year contract following a second straight exceptional season with the Pirates. In 2014, Liriano finished with a 7-10 record, but posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 175 strikeouts over 162.33 innings. He still could re-sign with the Pirates, but could sign elsewhere as well if a team is willing to forfeit their first-round pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

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The Pirates extended Liriano a $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday, MLB.com reports.

Pittsburgh extended the same offer to catcher Russell Martin, and both players will have one week to decide if they'll accept or decline the offer. All MLB free agents can begin negotiations with other teams after midnight Monday. While qualifying offers are typically declined, it's possible Liariano could entertain the possibility. He made only $9 million last season, and the $15.3 million offer represents the average of the 125 highest-paid MLB players' salaries in 2014. If Liriano ends up signing elsewhere this offseason, the Pirates will receive a compensatory pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, something that would not happen had they not extended a qualifying offer.

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Liriano was strong in a victory Monday, going six shutout innings against the Braves.

Liriano allowed just three hits, but walked four, giving him nine walks in his last two starts. Even so, the lefty has been sensational this month, allowing just one run in 26 September innings. He'll make his final start this weekend against the Reds.

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Liriano threw eight scoreless innings Thursday, striking out a season-high 12 batters in a 4-1 win. He allowed just four hits and two walks against the Phillies.

Even prior to his sterling effort Thursday, Liriano had posted a 2.77 ERA in 65 innings and 13 starts since returning from an oblique injury July 13. The lefty has limited opponents to two earned runs in his last 27 innings and has struck out 34 batters over that span.

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Liriano struck out nine and walked two while holding the Cubs to three hits over six scoreless innings Saturday to earn his fourth win of the season.

The left-hander continues to anchor the Pirates' rotation, pitching very well since returning from a stint on the DL earlier this season due to an oblique injury. Liriano will face the Phillies on the road Thursday in his next scheduled start.