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Dec 9: Liriano's reported re-signing with the Pirates on Tuesday is not a done deal, general manager Neal Huntington told MLB Network Radio. "We're working to push it to the finish line," Huntington said. It was earlier reported that Liriano re-signed for three years, $39 million. Apparently there are a few details holding up the agreement, but those snags are not expected to blow up the deal.

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Dec 9: Liriano re-signed with the Pirates on Tuesday, agreeing to a three-year, $39 million deal, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Liriano, who unsurprisingly declined Pittsburgh's qualifying offer last month, will return to the Pirates on the multi-year deal he was believed to be seeking all along. He finished last season 7-10 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over 162.1 innings. The 31-year-old closed out the regular season strongly, going 4-0 in the month of September (five starts) while allowing just four earned runs and striking out 35 in 31.0 cumulative innings.

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Nov 10: Liriano declined the Pirates' qualifying offer of $15.3 million Monday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Liriano appears to be searching for a multi-year contract following a second straight exceptional season with the Pirates. In 2014, Liriano finished with a 7-10 record, but posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 175 strikeouts over 162.1 innings. It's possible that he'll re-sign with the Pirates, but the Bucs now stand to gain a compensatory draft pick in June if Liriano signs elsewhere.

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Nov 3: The Pirates extended Liriano a $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday, MLB.com reports. Pittsburgh extended the same offer to catcher Russell Martin, and both players will have one week to decide if they'll accept or decline the offer. All MLB free agents can begin negotiations with other teams after midnight Monday. While qualifying offers are typically declined, it's possible Liariano could entertain the possibility. He made only $9 million last season, and the $15.3 million offer represents the average of the 125 highest-paid MLB players' salaries in 2014. If Liriano ends up signing elsewhere this offseason, the Pirates will receive a compensatory pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, something that would not happen had they not extended a qualifying offer.

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Sep 22: Liriano was strong in a victory Monday, going six shutout innings against the Braves. Liriano allowed just three hits, but walked four, giving him nine walks in his last two starts. Even so, the lefty has been sensational this month, allowing just one run in 26 September innings. He'll make his final start this weekend against the Reds.

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Sep 11: Liriano threw eight scoreless innings Thursday, striking out a season-high 12 batters in a 4-1 win. He allowed just four hits and two walks against the Phillies. Even prior to his sterling effort Thursday, Liriano had posted a 2.77 ERA in 65 innings and 13 starts since returning from an oblique injury July 13. The lefty has limited opponents to two earned runs in his last 27 innings and has struck out 34 batters over that span.

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Sep 6: Liriano struck out nine and walked two while holding the Cubs to three hits over six scoreless innings Saturday to earn his fourth win of the season. The left-hander continues to anchor the Pirates' rotation, pitching very well since returning from a stint on the DL earlier this season due to an oblique injury. Liriano will face the Phillies on the road Thursday in his next scheduled start.

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Aug 25: Liriano did not record a decision Monday against the Cardinals as he allowed four hits and three walks to go along with eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings. Liriano was in line for the win Monday, but his bullpen was unable to hold onto a slim one-run lead when he left the game. He allowed seven earned run in his last start against the Braves, but had allowed two earned runs or less in each of his six starts before that. He continues to be an excellent source for strikeouts as he has 135 strikeouts in 124.1 innings this season.

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Aug 15: Liriano (3-9) turned in six solid innings Thursday against the Tigers, striking out nine while allowing two runs on three hits and four walks, but took his second consecutive loss. Liriano has allowed exactly two runs in each of his last three starts, and has exactly zero wins to show for it. He's turned in five consecutive quality starts now, though, allowing a grand total of just eight runs in that span. Next up is a matchup with the Braves on Tuesday.

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Aug 9: Liriano struck out four and walked one while giving up two runs on three hits over seven innings in a losing effort Saturday night. The Bucs' offense couldn't solve Eric Stults and the Padres' bullpen, picking up just one run against Stults on the evening. Liriano continues to pitch very well, as he hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since May 25, lowering his ERA from 5.06 to 3.82 during that span.

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Aug 4: Liriano gave up four hits and two runs while striking out six in six innings, but did not factor into the decision against Arizona on Sunday. The left-hander has looked terrific in four starts since the All-Star break, allowing 15 hits and five runs (four earned) in 25.0 innings. During that span he's struck out 29 and walked seven, while posting a .BAA of .176. Looking ahead, Liriano has a plus matchup at home against San Diego on Saturday.

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Jul 29: Liriano (3-7) turned in a gem on Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits while striking out 11 over seven innings to pick up the win against the Giants. The only blemish was a Michael Morse solo home run in the second inning. Liriano was brilliant from there on out, retiring 18 of the final 21 batters he faced while racking up a new season-high in strikeouts with 11. Since returning from the disabled list, Liriano is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA and a 27:12 K:BB over 23 innings, showing signs that we may be in store for a much better second-half from the left-hander. He's set to take on the Diamondbacks in his next start on Sunday.

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Jul 23: Liriano (2-7) gave up one run on four hits while walking two and striking out four across seven innings in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers. Liriano turned in one of his better outings of the year in his third start since being activated from the disabled list. He held the Dodgers hitless through 4.1 innings before Miguel Rojas broke it up with a base hit. The lefty went seven innings for just the third time this season, and won for the first time since May 30 oddly enough, against the Dodgers. He'll carry a 4.18 ERA into his next start against the Giants.

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Jul 18: Liriano allowed one run (unearned) on three hits, walking three and striking out eight over five innings but was left with a no-decision against the Rockies on Friday night. It was better (he walked six in his last start), but he still needed 95 pitches (just 56 for strikes) to get through five innings. Liriano did strike out eight and dropped his ERA to 4.43, so perhaps he is beginning to shake off some of the rust from missing most of the first half of the season.

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Jul 13: Liriano allowed three runs on three hits and six walks while striking out four in four innings in the Pirates' 6-3 loss to the Reds on Sunday. Liriano was activated from the DL to pitch for the first time since June 10. Despite only going four innings, Liriano's pitch count reached 94. He fell to 1-7 with a 4.72 ERA with the loss.

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Jul 13: Liriano (oblique) was activated from the disabled list and will start for the Pirates on Sunday. Liriano was announced as the starter for Sunday's game earlier in the week, so there is no surprise here. He is also listed as the starter for the team's first game of the second half against the Rockies on Friday.

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Jul 9: Liriano (oblique) will start Sunday against the Reds, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Clearing the final hurdle on his road back from an oblique injury, Liriano threw six innings and allowed just three hits while striking out eight over six innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday. The left-hander will return Sunday to oppose Johnny Cueto in the team's final game of the first half, pushing Vance Worley to the bullpen.

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Jul 8: Liriano (oblique) will make a start for the Pirates prior to the All-Star break, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Evidently, Liriano showed enough in his rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday -- he struck out eight and allowed just three hits over six innings -- to warrant activation prior to the All-Star break. The team has yet to announce which game this weekend Liriano will start, but if he stays on normal rest, he'll start Saturday opposite the Reds' Mike Leake.

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Jul 8: Liriano (oblique) tossed six innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday. Liriano was sharp in Monday's outing, giving up just three hits while striking out eight batters. Given the way he threw the ball Monday, there's a good chance his next start will come with the big club. It remains to be seen which day he would start, however, with the All-Star break on the horizon.

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Jul 3: Liriano (oblique) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Upon completion of a four-inning simulated game Wednesday, Liriano received the green light to begin a minor league rehab assignment. The left-hander is expected to throw five innings or 85 pitches Monday, and if he fares well in the outing, the Pirates will likely opt to bring him back for a start before the All-Star break.

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Jul 1: Liriano (oblique) will throw a four-inning simulated game Wednesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Liriano's 54-pitch bullpen session Sunday went off without a hitch, and the team has decided he's now ready to face live hitters. If everything goes well Wednesday, a rehab assignment may be the next step for the left-hander, but the team may want to see him make a couple minor league starts before activating him.

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Jun 29: Liriano (oblique) completed a 52-pitch bullpen session Sunday, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The Pirates will wait a day and see if Liriano experiences anything more than his usual soreness, but he appears set to pitch a simulated game the next time he throws. It's still questionable whether or not Liriano will be able to return before the All-Star break, which commences July 14.

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Jun 26: Liriano (oblique) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Manager Clint Hurdle said Liriano checked out fine after the session, likely clearing the way for him to throw again over the weekend if he experiences nothing more than his usual soreness. It's still up in the air as to whether Liriano will require a rehab assignment or be able to return before the All-Star break.

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Jun 20: Liriano (oblique) played catch on Friday but still has no timetable for a return, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. He said that his sore side is feeling better, but the Pirates are treating him cautiously. Liriano's oblique strain is reportedly not as serious as it could be, giving fantasy owners hope that his time away from the mound might actually help him in the season's second half.

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Jun 17: Liriano (oblique) could play catch Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. There was some hope that Liriano would be cleared to resume his throwing program Tuesday, but evidently the training staff felt he wasn't quite ready. The left-hander does appear close to getting the green light to play catch, however, but he may be cutting it close for a return before the All-Star break.

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Jun 15: Liriano (oblique) could be cleared to play catch by Tuesday, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Liriano underwent a precautionary MRI on Wednesday, and the results must have came back clean if discussions of throwing are already occurring. If all goes well, Liriano will likely progress to a bullpen session, after which a potential return date could be determined. The lefty will set his sights on an early-July return to the rotation.

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Jun 11: Liriano (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. The Pirates have yet to disclose the results of Wednesday's MRI, but the team evidently determined that Liriano would have to miss more than one start on account of the injury. After he dazzled with a 16-8 record and 3.02 ERA in his first season with the Pirates, Liriano has been a major disappointment in 2014 with just one win on the campaign. Now that Liriano scheduled to miss an undetermined amount of time due to the oblique injury, it might make sense for most owners to cut bait with the left-hander in mid-sized formats.

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Jun 11: Liriano (oblique) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Pirates will hope Wednesday's examination proves the oblique injury is minor, but considering the problems this type of ailment typically presents for pitchers, it seems reasonably likely that Liriano will miss at least one start, if not require a trip to the DL. If that's the case, the Pirates could either turn to a Triple-A call-up or long relievers Jeanmar Gomez and Casey Sadler to fill Liriano's spot in the rotation.

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Jun 10: Liriano is doubtful to make his next scheduled start, and could require a brief DL stint after suffering an oblique strain Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports. "I think it would be a medical record if a guy can come back in four days and pitch," manager Clint Hurdle said of Liriano's injury. Owners should probably start to plan as if Liriano will miss at least one start due to the oblique strain, and the team could opt to place him on the 15-day DL in that case to give him a couple extra days to rest.

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Jun 10: Liriano left Tuesday's game with discomfort in his left side, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The team confirmed that it was side discomfort that forced Liriano off the hill after three innings Tuesday. Liriano should be considered questionable to make his next start until the team elaborates on the severity of the issue.

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Jun 10: Liriano left Tuesday's game with apparent discomfort in his side, ESPN's Buster Olney reports. He left after the third inning, giving up three hits and a two-run home run to Anthony Rizzo, before leaving with the injury. It's not clear what the exact diagnosis is yet, or how serious it is, but consider Liriano day-to-day until we learn more.

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Jun 4: Liriano struck out seven and walked six while giving up three runs -- two earned -- on one hit over five innings in a loss to the Padres. Ultimately, the poor control enabled the Padres to plate three runs on a night where they couldn't do much otherwise against Liriano or the Pittsburgh relievers. For the season, Liriano continues to be inconsistent, as Wednesday's start was a step back after he earned his first win of the season against the Dodgers his previous time out. Liriano will make two starts next week, facing the Cubs in Pittsburgh before a road start at Miami on June 15.

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May 31: Liriano didn't give up a run over 5.2 innings pitched, as he picked up his first win of the season, while walking two and striking out eight hitters against the Dodgers on Friday. After a rough couple of outings where Liriano gave up 10 runs in 10 innings pitched in his two previous starts, he bounced back in a big way, shutting out the Dodgers on Friday. The eight strikeouts represent his highest total since Opening Day, when he struck out 11. Liriano has been known to be a streaky pitcher at times and will look to continue his recent success against the Padres on Wednesday.

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May 26: Lefties have hit .306/.358/.469 in 53 plate appearances in 2014 off of Liriano after the southpaw limited left-handed batters to a .131/.175/.146 mark (in 138 PA) in 2013. Righties are hitting .249 against Liriano -- the exact same number as a season ago. Liriano struggled with his command Sunday, with two of the four runs he allowed scoring via wild pitches. Manager Clint Hurdle continues to stick with Liriano, but with a 58.2-inning, 5.06 ERA-sample size, it might be wise to rest the left-hander until he shows signs of turning his season around.

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May 26: Liriano dropped to 0-5 on Sunday against the Nationals, surrendering four runs on six hits and four walks over five innings. After receiving Cy Young votes just a season ago, Liriano remains one of the biggest disappointments so far in 2014, posting a 5.06 ERA and 1.50 WHIP to go along with his winless record. Still, the lefty may be a good buy-low candidate, considering his strikeout and walk rates aren't too far off his 2013 marks.

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May 20: Liriano (0-4) remained winless Tuesday, taking the loss in a nine-hit, six-run outing over five innings against the visiting Orioles. Liriano kept it close until the fifth, when a pair of hits gave Baltimore a 3-1 lead before they broke the game open with back-to-back jacks by Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz. The ninth-year southpaw has now allowed seven homers and 24 walks in 53.2 innings this year, figures that have contributed negatively to his 1.45 WHIP, 4.86 ERA and winless record. The good news? He kept the ball down against the O's, inducing 10 ground ball outs versus just a single fly-out -- a ratio that, if he continues, should eventually translate to success.

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May 14: Liriano did not factor into the decision Wednesday, but threw six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Liriano had one of his best starts of the year Wednesday against the Brewers, but was unable to come away with a win, and still sits at 0-3 on the season (the Pirates have won each of his last five starts). His seven strikeouts were the most he's had since back on April 16, and even though he still owns a shaky 4.25 ERA, it at least looks to be heading in the right direction. Liriano did exit the game after just 87 pitches though, and although no health concerns were officially announced following the game, he was examined by trainers in the fifth inning after displaying signs of discomfort (which appeared to be leg related). He managed to stay in the game, and should remain in line to make his next scheduled start against the Orioles.

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May 9: Liriano allowed three runs on five hits, walking four and striking out five while lasting just five innings and leaving with a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday night. It was yet another lackluster performance as his ERA climbed slightly to 4.64 and he needed 96 pitches (just 55 for strikes) to cover the five innings. His hurled three innings scoreless innings before a driving rain changed the complexion of the game. Liriano had stated earlier in the week that his balky hamstring was no longer bothering him, but it didn't seem to matter in this one. He'll hope for better on the road against the Brewers in his next start.

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May 8: After throwing a bullpen session Tuesday, Liriano said he didn't feel a nagging hamstring injury which has bothered him since spring training, 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh reports. The lefty nearly missed his Opening Day assignment due to the injury. Health will always be an issue for Liriano, but perhaps this revelation about his balky hamstring helps to explain his early-season woes. He's struggled to a 4.54 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 37.2 innings in 2014. He'll face St. Louis at home Friday.

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May 3: Liriano allowed four earned runs in 3.2 innings Saturday, giving up six hits and three walks while striking out three. He cruised through two innings before losing his command. Shoddy defense behind Liriano made his struggles worse. The lefty holds a 5-17 career mark in April with a 6.00 ERA and 1.58 WHIP -- temperatures were in the 50's again Saturday -- so there's still some hope for a turnaround. Liriano will make his next start at home against St. Louis.

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May 2: Liriano will make his first start Saturday since leaving early in his last outing with dizziness and flu-like symptoms. The lefty is still looking for his first victory after six starts. Liriano holds a 3.79 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 19 IP at home in 2014.

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Apr 26: Liriano left Saturday's game against the Cardinals due to dizziness and flu-like symptoms, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Evidently, Liriano didn't suffer any sort of muscle injury, which is certainly good news for a Pirates team that has already lost three key players this week (Wandy Rodriguez, Russell Martin and Jason Grilli). The left-hander made it just over two innings before the symptoms popped up, and he should be considered day-to-day and questionable to make his next start for now.

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Apr 26: Liriano left Saturday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent injury, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The trainers came out to look at Liriano in the bottom of the third inning, and he ended up walking off the field gingerly. It wasn't clear what part of Liriano's body was ailing, so consider him day-to-day until more information becomes available.

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Apr 21: Liriano took a no-decision Monday, allowing five runsfour earnedin seven innings of work. Liriano hasn't had the best of starts to his season, allowing three or more runs in four straight starts after his masterful Opening Day turn. He'll look to enter the win column for the first time this season when he faces the Cardinals this weekend.

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Apr 11: Liriano struck out seven batters over six innings Friday against the Brewers, but fell to 0-2 on the season after he was outdueled by opposing starter Wily Peralta. Liriano's biggest issue was the long ball Friday, as two of the four hits he served up were home runs. He otherwise looked the part of an ace Friday, and will be considered as such by the Pirates so long as he's healthy.

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Apr 11: Liriano allowed four earned runs in six innings Friday, giving up four hits (including two homers) and two walks while striking out seven. He started the game with three perfect innings before surrendering a two-run dinger to Aramis Ramirez in the fourth. Liriano's change-up and slider proved to be effective, but a fastball sitting 91-92 mph didn't fool many Milwaukee batters.

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Apr 6: St. Louis touched up Liriano for four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings Saturday. A three-run, 33-pitch first inning doomed Liriano, who would go on to strike out four batters. The lefty had gotten the better of the Cardinals four straight times prior to Saturday's loss. He threw 105 pitches and wasn't hampered by the groin injury which bothered him late in spring training.

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Mar 31: Liriano was very strong in his Opening Day start, shutting out the Cubs over six innings in a no decision. Liriano only allowed four hits and struck out 10 in his first outing of the year. The ace of the Pirates' staff will take the ball for his next start this weekend against the Cardinals.

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Mar 29: Liriano (groin) successfully completed his bullpen session Friday and is set to start Opening Day at home against the Cubs. "It doesn't bother me at all," Liriano said, speaking of his groin injury in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Everything is good." The Monday forecast calls for 63 degrees and partly sunny, a welcomed warm spell (for Pittsburgh) which could help Liriano and his injury. The lefty went 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 34 innings and five starts against the Cubs in 2013.

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Mar 27: Liriano (groin) is expected to make his Opening Day start, MLB.com reports. Brandon Cumpton's demotion to Triple-A indicates Liriano will be fine to start Monday against the Cubs, but he will need to get through one more side session Saturday before getting the final OK. Liriano completed a 55-pitch simulated game Wednesday, just six days after groin tightness forced him off the hill.

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Mar 26: A side session Saturday in Philadelphia will be the final determination as to whether Liriano (groin) starts in the season opener Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. After completing a pain-free, 55-pitch simulated game Wednesday, it appears as if Liriano will be able to make his Monday start. If the groin bothers him Saturday, however, then the team will likely place him on the disabled list and start Brandon Cumpton against the Cubs on Opening Day.

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Mar 26: Liriano (groin) threw 55 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports. Liriano said he is "good to go" after being removed from a start last week with groin tightness. He was able to get through three innings in the simulated game, and remains the likely starter for Opening Day against the Cubs.

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Mar 23: Pirates GM Neal Huntington called Liriano's groin injury "not a major concern" but added that he's still not 100 percent, CBSPittsburgh reports. "If there is any doubt or any risk, he won't pitch (on Opening Day)," Huntington said. "That's why he came out (of his last start) and that's why we're being cautious." The Pirates will have Liriano throw in a controlled environment again prior to March 31, but he's likely done appearing in Grapefruit League action. It sounds as though Liriano will be able to make his scheduled start, if only because the lefty said he would have stayed in his last start if the injury occurred during the regular season.

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Mar 20: Liriano left Thursday's game with tightness in his groin. Catcher Russell Martin motioned to the dugout before the start of the sixth inning when he noticed Liriano was in pain. He did not attempt to throw another pitch before leaving. The oft-injured Liriano, who is expected to start in the Pirates' opener March 31, nearly reached his pitch limit Thursday before injuring himself.

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Mar 20: Liriano left Thurday's game in the sixth inning with a slight limp after landing awkwardly, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The injury doesn't appear to be anything serious. His status will be monitored but the injury is likely something that will leave him day-to-day, keeping him in line for a start on Opening Day.

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Mar 8: Liriano allowed one run on four hits and a walk in three innings Saturday, striking out three Tampa Bay batters. The team is balancing Liriano's health with an increased innings workload in each of his outings. It would be surprising to see the lefty making it through an entire season without landing on the DL at least one time, but the 30-year-old offers solid strikeout numbers. He said he'll look to throw more fastballs and less sliders to save wear and tear on his arm.

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Mar 3: Liriano needed just 25 pitches to throw two scoreless innings against the Red Sox on Monday. The world champs didn't start more than a couple regulars against the Bucs, but Liriano's outing was much improved over his first game. He remains on track to start for the Pirates on Opening Day.

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Feb 18: Liriano has been named the Pirates' Opening Day starter, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Liriano will make his second career Opening Day start, his first in a Pirates uniform, after toeing the rubber for the Twins' first game of 2009. Liriano missed the first month of last season with a broken arm but went on to go 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA and a 9.1 K/9 in 26 starts. The Pirates open the season at home against the Cubs.

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