Starlin Castro went 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs, including a game-tying two-run single in the ninth, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 9-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Alfredo Simon gave up two hits over eight dominant innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Wednesday night.
The Pirates rotation has been shuffled after the birth of Francisco Liriano’s daughter.
Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning on Monday, overcoming another stumble by the bullpen and rallying the Cincinnati Reds to an opening 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In a matchup of opening-day pitchers, Chris Tillman allowed two runs over five innings while Francisco Liriano gave up one run in three innings as the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates played to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings Wednesday night.
Francisco Liriano says he was a little surprised that Clint Hurdle named him Opening Day starter.
Some news after the Pirates dreadfully long 13-7 loss to the Astros at McKechnie Field. Manager Clint Hurdle said the starting rotation will be Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, AJ Burnett, then either Vance Worley or Jeff Locke followed by Charlie Morton.
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle alluded to the fact that he knew who would be the team opening day starter early in spring training, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that he made his intentions known to the public.
Francisco Liriano pitched three scoreless innings in his second spring training start, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat a Tampa Bay Ray’ split squad 4-3 on Tuesday.
Esmil Rogers, trying to cement a spot on the New York Yankees’ pitching staff, tossed two scoreless innings Thursday in a 2-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Francisco Liriano cites that the big reason he came back to the Pirates wasn’t exactly because of money – though the Pirates did what turned out to be a bidding war – he re-signed with the Bucs because, as he put it, “It’s like family here and we have a chance to win not only this year but for the next few years.”
Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage joined Dan Zangrilli at PirateFest to look at the staff.
In this edition of “The Pirates Hot Stove Report with Colin Dunlap,” Colin talks about the team bringing back Francisco Liriano, the news that the team is in the very early stages of contract talks with Neil Walker and answers questions from the mail bag.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review joined Chris Mack on The Fan Late Shift from the Winter Meetings.
This needed to be done. The Pirates had to go out and sign Francisco Liriano.