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Pirates place Francisco Liriano on disabled list
Pirates place Francisco Liriano on disabled list

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed left-handed starter Francisco Liriano on the disabled list because of a strained left oblique Wednesday, a day after he left a start in the fourth inning when he felt discomfort while throwing a pitch. Liriano, who was the Pirates' best starter last season and helped lead them to their first playoff berth in 21 years, is 1-6 with a 3.96 earned-run average in 14 starts this season. Liriano bent over and held his back after throwing a pitch to the Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo during a loss Tuesday. Liriano, who led the Pirates with 16 wins in 26 starts last season, left the mound after a few warmup pitches. Etc. The St. Louis Cardinals are optimistic that...

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