Francisco Liriano Named the Opening Day Starter

Clint Hurdle announced today that Francisco Liriano has been named the 2014 Opening Day starter.

“He’s another guy that models the behavior we want to instill in others,” Clint Hurdle said on Liriano. “He does it a different way than Cutch, but he does it. Every day he does it. He’s a man you can depend on, and many times I share with these players, the greatest ability you can have day in and day out is your dependability, and we have that in Francisco.”

Liriano was the best pitcher on the staff last year, and was especially good at home. The Pirates open their season at home, and play their sixth game at home, which means Liriano will open the season with two starts at PNC Park.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • stickyweb

    I guess Cole would be the only other possibility, and there’s nothing wrong with rewarding the vet and making the hungry young guy earn it with more than 20 MLB starts. Plus they get the 2 home starts for Frankie in the first week, the latter against the hated Cards. It works out all the way around.

  • Patrick Kelly

    Good for Franky. I think he earned it after having an outstanding year last season.

    Little OT, but has there been any word on Tyler Gaffney? I just did a quick Google search for news about him, but I came up with nothing regarding baseball.

  • Sean Matthews

    Hey Tim, are you putting together an Annual this year? I haven’t seen if you are or are not doing one this year. Thanks, Take care

  • Constantine Politis

    Love Frankie but Cole will be the ace after the All Star break (which isn’t a bad thing).