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.