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  1. Francisco Liriano dominates in first (and last?) rehab start

    Jul 8, 2014, 12:16 PM EST

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    Francisco Liriano’s first minor-league rehab start may end up being his last minor-league rehab start, because the Pirates left-hander was dominant last night at Triple-A.

  2. Francisco Liriano cleared to begin rehab assignment

    Jul 3, 2014, 4:16 PM EST

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    On the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

  3. Pirates place Francisco Liriano on the disabled list

    Jun 11, 2014, 3:25 PM EST

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    Francisco Liriano’s disappointing season continued Tuesday, as the reigning Comeback Player of the Year exited his start against the Cubs in the fourth inning with an oblique injury.

  4. Francisco Liriano goes from Comeback Player of the Year to winless after 10 starts

    May 21, 2014, 12:12 PM EST

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    Twins fans have seen this before from Francisco Liriano and now Pirates fans are seeing it too. Great. Terrible. Great. Terrible. Repeat as needed.

  5. Brett Lawrie wasn’t thrilled about playing second base last night

    May 3, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

    Brett Lawrie AP

    With the Blue Jays looking for offense, Brett Lawrie found himself back at second base last night. He wasn’t exactly thrilled.

  6. Jeff Locke goes from rookie All-Star to Triple-A

    Apr 11, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

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    Left-hander Jeff Locke is recovered from an oblique injury and off the disabled list, but rather than adding him to the active roster the Pirates have demoted him to Triple-A.

  7. The Pirates have made velocity an organizational focus

    Mar 30, 2014, 8:15 PM EST

    Gerrit Cole

    Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote an intriguing column about the rise in fastball velocity across Major League Baseball. In 2008, the average fastball in the Majors registered at 90.9 MPH; in 2013, it was 92 MPH. A change of 1.1 MPH over a six-year period may seem small, but when hundreds of thousands of fastballs…

  8. Francisco Liriano cleared for Opening Day start

    Mar 27, 2014, 11:49 AM EST

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    Francisco Liriano‘s groin injury put his Opening Day start in jeopardy, but Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that the Pirates left-hander “has been given the green light” to pitch Game 1 against the Cubs. Liriano began last season on the disabled list with a broken right arm from an offseason accident and didn’t make his…

  9. 2014 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 26, 2014, 11:29 PM EST

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Pittsburgh Pirates. The Big Question: Is regression inevitable? The Pirates’ long-term trajectory looks good. 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen is…

  10. A.J. Burnett turned down $12 million from Pirates for $16 million from Phillies

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:19 AM EST

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has a follow-up to A.J. Burnett signing a one-year, $16 million deal with the Phillies, reporting that the free agent right-hander turned down a one-year, $12 million deal from the Pirates. At the beginning of the offseason Pittsburgh chose not to make Burnett a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer that would…

  11. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EST

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    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  12. Pirates pitching coach expects A.J. Burnett to retire

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:40 AM EST

    A.J. Burnett

    Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage was interviewed on 93.7 radio in Pittsburgh and indicated that he expects free agent A.J. Burnett to retire, saying: I’m on that percentage point where he’s not going to come back. Right now I’m leaning that way, where he’s going to retire. Burnett was one of the best pitchers in…

  13. Pirates sign Edinson Volquez for $5 million

    Dec 11, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

    Edinson Volquez

    No doubt feeling pretty bullet proof after fixing Francisco Liriano the Pirates and pitching coach Ray Searage have taken on any even bigger reclamation projection in Edinson Volquez. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Volquez has agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal, which is pretty nice money for someone coming off a 5.71 ERA.…

  14. Mariano Rivera, Francisco Liriano win 2013 Comeback Player of the Year Awards

    Nov 5, 2013, 7:01 AM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    The Comeback Player of the Year: an award you never want to be a candidate for, but one which, if you win, represents a triumph. It’s gotta feel pretty good overall. And Mariano Rivera and Francisco Liriano are probably feeling pretty good today, because won the Comeback Player of the Year Awards for the AL and…

  15. Francisco Liriano available out of bullpen in Game 5

    Oct 9, 2013, 6:08 PM EST

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    It’ll be an all-hands-on-deck night in St. Louis. According to beat writer Travis Sawchick of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said in his pregame press conference Wednesday that left-hander Francisco Liriano will be available out of the bullpen in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cardinals. Liriano will either be brought in…

  16. NLDS, Game 4: Cardinals-Pirates lineups

    Oct 7, 2013, 1:13 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    St. Louis tries to stay alive in Pittsburgh … Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday 1B Matt Adams C Yadier Molina CF Jon Jay 3B David Freese SS Pete Kozma SP Michael Wacha Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is sticking by his standard lineup, but the batting order changes a bit with…

  17. Cardinals’ injuries taking a toll with elimination near

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:03 PM EST

    Justin Morneau, Matt Adams

    In some ways, the Cardinals are better off than most. They don’t lose much at first base with Matt Adams filling in for Allen Craig, and they’re still fine in the ninth since Trevor Rosenthal replaced the sore-shouldered Edward Mujica in the closer’s role. But the truth is that both injuries played huge roles in…

  18. Pirates retake lead in NLDS Game 3 on Russell Martin’s sacrifice fly

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:44 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    The Pirates put a bunch of runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning and in doing so, chased Cardinals starter Joe Kelly. Andrew McCutchen led off the inning with a walk. Following a lazy fly out by Justin Morneau, Marlon Byrd continued his torrid hitting with a double to left, putting runners…

  19. Carlos Beltran continues post-season dominance, ties up NLDS Game 3 at 2-2 in the 5th

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:15 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran, Russell Martin

    Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran added to his post-season legend by coming through for his team in the fifth inning against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano in the fifth inning of Game 3. Jon Jay singled and Pete Kozma walked to put runners on first and second with no outs, but it appeared they were on their way…

  20. Pirates grab early lead over Cardinals in NLDS Game 3

    Oct 6, 2013, 5:10 PM EST

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    Francisco Liriano‘s success against the Cardinals has been well-chronicled. And he has continued that pattern of pitching dominance in the early stages of this NLDS Game 3 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. With the help of a wide Jerry Layne strike zone, the left-handed Liriano carved his way through St. Louis’ batting order in the…

  21. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Cardinals vs. Pirates

    Oct 6, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

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    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Game 3 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Pirates at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. This series is tied 1-1. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on TBS. St. Louis Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter RF Carlos Beltran LF Matt Holliday C Yadier Molina 3B David Freese 1B…

  22. Looking ahead to NLDS Game 3: Cardinals-Pirates

    Oct 6, 2013, 10:31 AM EST

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    PNC Park hosted its first-ever postseason game last Tuesday night and the Pirates rose to the occasion in front of a rambunctious, black-shirt-wearing home crowd, securing the National League Wild Card with a decisive 6-2 defeat of the Reds. Now the stakes are raised with the NL Central-champion Cardinals in town for Game 3 of…

  23. Gerrit Cole shines in postseason debut as Pirates win Game 2

    Oct 4, 2013, 4:33 PM EST

    Gerrit Cole

    Partly because they were worried about his innings count, the Pirates seriously considered putting Gerrit Cole into the bullpen for the postseason. It’s a very good thing they didn’t. Cole pitched six innings of one-run ball and singled in the first run of the game as the Pirates beat the Cardinals 7-1 to even up…

  24. NLDS Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:20 AM EST

    Andrew McCutchen

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Pirates and Cardinals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams Pittsburgh Pirates (94-68) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) The Matchups Game 1 Today in St. Louis: A.J. Burnett vs. Adam…

  25. Cast off by Yankees, Russell Martin is early postseason hero for Pirates

    Oct 2, 2013, 12:50 AM EST

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin may have hit a mere .226 for the Pirates this season, but there’s little doubt he was a difference maker. On Tuesday, he showed the Yankees what they were missing my hitting two homers and catching another gem from Francisco Liriano as the Pirates advanced to the ALDS. After a successful first year…

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