Francisco Liriano named Opening Day starter by the Pirates

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Francisco Liriano, who re-signed with the Pirates for three years and $39 million this offseason, has been named the team’s Opening Day starter for the second straight season.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle also announced that Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett will follow him in the rotation. Charlie Morton and either Vance Worley or Jeff Locke will grab the other two spots.

Liriano got off to a poor start last year, but then posted a 2.20 ERA with 94 strikeouts in 86 innings after the All-Star break.