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 be added to the roster.

Liriano has gone through his rehab, and is coming to the Pirates at a perfect time. They recently released Jonathan Sanchez, and James McDonald is on the disabled list. Some injuries in Triple-A have depleted the starting pitching depth, and without Liriano the team wo...

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