Francisco Liriano Could Be a Difference Maker For the Pirates

Francisco Liriano will be making his Pittsburgh Pirates debut today, going up against the New York Mets. The Pirates agreed to sign Liriano over the off-season to a two-year, $12.75 M deal. Shortly after the agreement, Liriano broke his right (non-throwing) arm. That delayed the signing, and eventually resulted in a re-structured deal where Liriano would only make $1 M guaranteed this year, plus extra money depending on when he would...

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Pirates Activate Francisco Liriano, Option Duke Welker

As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates have activated left-hander Francisco Liriano from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, they have optioned Duke Welker to Triple-A. Welker was recalled earlier this week to add some bullpen depth after Jeanmar Gomez joined the rotation, but didn’t make an appearance. Liriano will be starting this afternoon for the...

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First Pitch: Could the Pirates be 31-23 at the End of May?

We heard at the start of the season how the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the toughest early season schedules in the game. Despite that schedule, the Pirates are 17-14, in second place in the NL Central, and sitting with the fifth highest winning percentage in the National League. They swept the Reds, took three of five against the Cardinals, and took three of four each against the Braves and Phillies. Now the team is set up for a...

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Prospect Watch: Polanco, Bell, and Lambo Homer; Liriano Makes Last Rehab Start

Top Pitcher: John Kuchno, Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, HR: Jared Goedert, Andrew Lambo, Gregory Polanco, Josh Bell, Max Moroff

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Minor League Schedule: 5/5/13

Today’s Starters: Francisco Liriano, David Bromberg, Zack Dodson, John Kuchno

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