Francisco Liriano declines Pirates’ qualifying offer

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Another free agent many people speculated would accept the $15.3 million qualifying offer has turned it down, as Francisco Liriano said no thanks to the Pirates.

Liriano is still able to re-sign with Pittsburgh, but if he signs elsewhere the Pirates will receive draft pick compensation and the signing team will forfeit a draft pick.

In two seasons with the Pirates the 31-year-old left-hander started 55 games with a 3.20 ERA and racked up 338 strikeouts in 323 innings while holding opponents to a .221 batting average and .628 OPS.

Given his up-and-down track record Liriano may have a tough time securing a massive long-term contract, but he’s at least convinced the draft pick compensation won’t keep him from getting a multi-year deal for similar annual money.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.