The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Francisco Liriano will return to the team on Sunday to start the last game before the All-Star break against the Cincinnati Reds. Liriano threw six shutout innings on Monday down in AAA. He last started for the Pirates on June 10th, giving up two runs over three innings before leaving the game with an oblique injury.

This season, he has a 4.60 ERA in 72.1 innings over 14 starts. Liriano has 77 strikeouts and a 1.45 WHIP. He has a misleading 1-6 record this year, as the Pirates are 7-7 in his starts, though he obviously hasn't pitched as well as last year.

With Liriano returning, Vance Worley will head on down to the bullpen. He has made five starts for the Pirates, posting a 3.03 ERA, with a 1.07 WHIP and a 5/21 BB/SO ratio in 32.2 innings....

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.