11:18 PM EDT, Mon March 30, 2015

Rusney Castillo, Wade Miley look ready to go

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Takeaways from McKechnie Field, where if Rusney Castillo’s first Grapefruit League start is any indication, he’ll need roughly half an hour to be ready for the start of the regular season. Castillo, who as a pinch hitter cranked a monster home run off the batting eye in left-center field in JetBlue Park Friday, lined a fastball to center field for a single off Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano in the third, then lofted an opposite-field triple to right off right-hander Deolis Guerra before calling it a day.

One seat left … or is there?

BRADENTON, Fla. – Asked about the final rotation battle on Tuesday between Jeff Locke and Vance Worley, Clint Hurdle declined to answer and then revealed the other 80 percent of his starting rotation. Francisco Liriano will start the opener on April …
Raise the Jolly Roger! Mar 17, 2015

News and notes: Liriano to start Opening Day

It’s not exactly a surprise, but Clint Hurdle announced on Tuesday that Francisco Liriano will be the Pirates’ Opening Day starter. While I am sure some folks would have liked it to be Cole, Frankie is really the obvious choice to me (not that it matters all that much) – he has been the team’s […]
Beaver County Times Mar 5, 2015

Liriano's market test led him back to the Pirates

Left-handing pitching is always in demand, as the Pirates as restricted free agent Francisco Liriano found out this past off-season. But the veteran chose to return to the Pirates, partially because o

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