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Pirates | Francisco Liriano to make debut Saturday

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano (arm) is scheduled to make his team debut against the New York Mets Saturday, May 11. Liriano is healthy after fracturing his right arm in spring training, and he went 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in five starts over 21 2/3 innings during his minor league rehab assignment. Liriano had 33 strikeouts and just four walks, and he credits a new, overhand delivery for his results. "My command with the fastball was very good. Last year, I had trouble locating my fastball. Now it's a lot better, I'm throwing it in and out," he said.

Fantasy Tip: Liriano has been an extremely frustrating fantasy baseball commodity due to injuries and inconsistent pitching performances in the past. He's in a new environment and is healthy, though, and with a new delivery, you have to be intrigued with the possibilities, even in deep mixed formats. He's worth taking a chance on.

2013-05-08 12:45:34 | Source: - Tom Singer

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