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Padres come out over Pittsburgh

The San Diego Padres had just one hit in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

Orioles defeat Pirates 9-2

Chris Davis collected four hits to carry the Orioles to a 9-2 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a two-game series.

Pirates defeat Brewers 4-1

Chris Stewart smacked a tiebreaking RBI single to spark Pittsburgh's three-run ninth inning and propel the Pirates to a 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Pittsburgh Pirates defeats Cubs 1-0

Pittsburgh Pirates defeats Cubs 1-0

Neil Walker belted a leadoff homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Rounding Third: Braves' loss is Santana's gain

Rounding Third: Braves' loss is Santana's gain

The good news for the Atlanta Braves was that a starting pitcher the caliber of Ervin Santana was still on the market this late into spring training.
Rivera, Liriano voted Comeback Players of the Year

Rivera, Liriano voted Comeback Players of the Year

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Pitchers Mariano Rivera and Francisco Liriano have been awarded the Comeback Player of the Year Awards for their respective leagues.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh 2

CHICAGO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Darnell McDonald went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead, three-run homer Wednesday and the Chicago Cubs dimmed Pittsburgh's division title hopes with a 4-2 win.

MLB: Pittsburgh 3, Chicago Cubs 2

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Justin Morneau's run-scoring single in the eighth inning Sunday provided the difference in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

MLB: Pittsburgh 5, Texas 4

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Andrew McCutchen drove in three runs Tuesday to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Texas Rangers 5-4 Tuesday.

MLB: Milwaukee 9, Pittsburgh 3

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Jonathan Lucroy put Milwaukee in front for good during a five-run third inning Wednesday, sending the Brewers coasting to a 9-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

MLB: Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 0

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Francisco Liriano gave up two hits over eight innings Friday, sending Pittsburgh to a 5-0 win over St. Louis in the opener of a key weekend series.

MLB: San Francisco 6, Pittsburgh 3

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Buster Posey went 3-for-5 and ignited a four-run first inning with an RBI single Saturday, sparking the San Francisco Giants to a 6-3 win over Pittsburgh.

MLB: Pittsburgh 3, San Diego 1

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Francisco Liriano struck out 13 over seven shutout innings for his 14th win Monday and National League Central-leading Pittsburgh downed San Diego 3-1.

MLB: Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 1

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Francisco Liriano allowed four hits while throwing the third complete game of his career Wednesday, carrying Pittsburgh over St. Louis 5-1.

MLB: Colorado 10, Pittsburgh 1

DENVER, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Wilin Rosario had four RBI while Colorado was scoring nine times in the first two innings Friday, a surge that sent the Rockies to a 10-1 win over Pittsburgh.
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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano throws a pitch in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York City on May 15, 2009. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo)
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Francisco Liriano y Casillas (born October 26, 1983, in Juan BarĂ³n, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic) is a left-handed Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins.

Liriano signed with the San Francisco Giants as an international free agent in 2000. He was traded along with pitchers Joe Nathan and Boof Bonser in exchange for catcher A. J. Pierzynski (now of the Chicago White Sox). Often compared to former teammate Johan Santana, another hard-throwing lefty, Liriano was touted as one of the "super-prospects" within the Minnesota Twins organization. In 2005, he led all minor league pitchers in strikeouts, with 204. He made his major league debut in relief on September 5, 2005, against the Texas Rangers. He later joined the Twins' starting rotation and won his first game on September 30, 2005, against the Detroit Tigers. Liriano started the 2006 season in Minnesota's bullpen, but was promoted to the starting rotation in May, exchanging positions with struggling starter Carlos Silva. He won each of his first three starts.

After a 12-3 start to the 2006 season, which included two Rookie of the Month nods and a spot on the American League All-Star roster, Liriano led the Major Leagues with a 2.19 ERA, statistics putting him in discussion for both the American League Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards, but a trip to the disabled list on August 11 left him with too few innings to qualify as the league's official ERA leader and jeopardized his chances at any such awards in 2006. On August 1, 2006, Liriano was scratched from his scheduled August 2 start because of forearm inflammation after a bullpen session. He missed one start before resuming bullpen work without pain, but was placed on the disabled list after continued arm pain during his last start on August 7, 2006. Liriano began a rehabilitation program on August 22, and threw off a mound for the first time on August 30, throwing only his fastball and changeup, and said that he would like to pitch his breaking ball later that week. Liriano made a rehab start for the Rochester Red Wings on September 9, throwing 40 pitches for four strikeouts and one walk in three shutout, hitless innings. After the game, Liriano reported feeling no pain in his elbow and was reactivated by the Twins.

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