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Francisco Liriano
Jun 22: The Tigers activated Liriano (hamstring) from the 10-day disabled list Friday ahead of his Saturday start against the Indians, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The southpaw owns a 3.90 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and a 45:29 K/BB in 57.2 innings this year and will face a tough Cleveland lineup in his first assignment back from the DL. That test is probably best avoided for most fantasy leagues, but Liriano should continue to provide at least flawed strikeout upside for deeper formats many times this season.

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Jun 22: Liriano (hamstring) will start Saturday's game against the Indians, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Liriano landed on the disabled list in late May with the right hamstring strain, and is ready to return to the Tigers after a rehab start last Sunday. The 34-year-old has a 3.90 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with a 45:29 K:BB over 10 starts (57.2 innings) with the Tigers this season.

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Jun 19: Manager Ron Gardenhire said Liriano (hamstring) will return from the disabled list to start against the Indians over the weekend, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Liriano was roughed up in a rehab appearance over the weekend, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in four innings, but he didn't experience any setbacks with his injured hamstring and will thus make his next start for the big club. Gardenhire didn't specify which game Liriano would start, but he's lined up to pitch Friday on regular rest. The veteran compiled a 3.90 ERA across 10 starts before landing on the shelf. His return will likely push Blaine Hardy to a relief role.

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Jun 18: Liriano's (hamstring) rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Sunday did not go well, as he allowed eight runs on 11 hits and a pair of homers over four innings. Liriano can at least take comfort in the fact that he struck out seven while walking none, but the outing was a poor one overall. If the Tigers deem the veteran lefty to be nonetheless ready to return to the majors, he would be on schedule to pitch Friday in Cleveland, but if the poor showing gives them second thoughts, he may end up making at least one more rehab appearance.

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Jun 12: Liriano (hamstring) will make a minor-league rehab start Sunday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Liriano said he felt good after throwing 60 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, clearing the way for him to join a minor-league affiliate for a rehab start. If all goes well during Sunday's outing, Liriano could make his next start for the Tigers. Prior to landing on the disabled list, Liriano compiled a 3.90 ERA across 57.2 innings (10 starts).

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Jun 7: Liriano (hamstring) will throw a simulated game early next week, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. If everything goes off without a hitch during his simulated outing next week, Liriano will be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. He's expected to make at least one rehab start before rejoining the Tigers. Liriano has been sidelined since May 29 with a hamstring strain.

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Jun 4: Liriano (hamstring) will likely need to make a minor-league rehab start before rejoining the Tigers, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Liriano threw a bullpen session Monday and said he would be ready to return from the DL when first eligible Tuesday, but manager Ron Gardenhire seemed less enthusiastic about bringing the southpaw back so soon. "We've had conversations about sending him out for a rehab, maybe three or four innings, so he can move around and cover first and see some live action," Gardenhire said. "It's always dangerous when you take a guy with a hamstring and put him back out there without getting him in game situations first where the adrenaline is flowing." Liriano, who has been on the disabled list since May 29 with a hamstring strain, owns a 3.90 ERA and 45:29 K:BB across 10 starts (57.2 innings) this season.

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May 29: Liriano was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a right hamstring strain, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. It's unclear as to when Liriano's injury cropped up, but he'll require a stay on the disabled list nonetheless. The Tigers haven't revealed the severity of the strain yet, so it's difficult to determine how long he'll be sidelined for. Ryan Carpenter was recalled from Triple-A Toledo and will presumably fill Liriano's spot in the rotation for the time being.

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May 26: Liriano (3-2) allowed five earned runs on six hits while walking three and striking out eight across five innings to take the loss Saturday against the White Sox. Liriano pitched relatively well through four innings before allowing three home runs to the next seven batters he faced. Homers haven't been much of a problem for him this season, so that issue may be isolated to his start Saturday. However, as they have throughout his career, walks continue to hold Liriano back from reaching his highest potential. He has walked at least three batters in seven of his past 10 starts, which has played a role in him pitching five or fewer innings in four of those 10 starts.

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May 20: Liriano didn't factor into the decision against the Mariners on Sunday, giving up just one hit over eight shutout innings, striking out five and walking three as the Tigers eventually fell 3-2 in extra innings. Liriano was coming off rough back-to-back starts that had seen him give up eight earned runs over 8.1 innings but he was fabulous in this one, allowing just four baserunners as he baffled the Mariners throughout the contest. He's not piling up strikeouts at a prolific rate and his 37:26 K:BB suggests some regression is in order, but Liriano has managed to be effective in pitching to contact this season and the resulting body of work shouldn't be discounted as he's now sporting a solid 3.42 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP through 52.2 innings.

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May 20: Liriano pitched eight scoreless innings but took a no-decision in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Mariners. He gave up just one hit and three walks while striking out five. Liriano was dialed in Sunday, as this was his longest outing of the season and the first time he's allowed zero runs. The one hit allowed was also a season low. However, the veteran saw a win slip away when Shane Greene allowed two runs in the ninth inning to blow a save. Regardless, this was a good sign for Liriano, who had failed to get past the fifth inning in his previous two starts. He'll now carry a 3.42 ERA into his next assignment, which is scheduled for Saturday against the White Sox.

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May 15: Liriano did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's win over the Indians, as he lasted just 4.1 innings while allowing five earned runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out three. For the second straight start, Liriano didn't escape the fourth inning, and walks have been a big part of the issue. He now has seven over his last 8.1 innings. The veteran lefty has never been known for great control, but he'll need to cut down on the walks to go deeper into games moving forward. Liriano will now carry a 4.03 ERA into his next scheduled start Sunday in Seattle.

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May 9: Liriano didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Rangers, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks over four innings while striking out three. The veteran threw only 41 of 81 pitches for strikes before getting the hook, and Liriano has now walked multiple batters in all seven of his starts this season. His 3.35 ERA is respectable, but his 29:20 K:BB in 40.1 innings suggests he's been more lucky than good. He'll next take the mound Tuesday at home against Cleveland.

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May 5: Liriano allowed one run on three hits in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday, striking out five and walking two in seven innings. Liriano shut down the Royals through seven and entered the eighth with a two-run lead. He was relieved after walking Cheslor Cuthbert, and the Tigers' bullpen proceeded to cough up the lead. It was Liriano's fourth quality start in six starts, and he's brought his ERA down to 2.97. The southpaw is holding opponents to a .187 batting average while sporting a 26:16 K:BB in 36.1 innings. Next up for Liriano will be a matchup with the Rangers in Texas.

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Apr 28: Liriano (3-1) allowed three earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out one across 6.1 innings to earn the win Saturday against the Orioles. Liriano wasn't deceiving many batters at the plate but escaped several jams with timely outs to limit the damage on Saturday. Despite a swinging strike rate under 10 percent and allowing hard contact on 38 percent of batted balls, Liriano has managed a 3.38 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in five starts this season. A .215 BABIP against appears responsible for at least a portion of his positive results, making his surface stats tough to rely on.

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Apr 22: Liriano gave up three runs on two hits and four walks over 5.1 innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Royals. Although he gave up just two hits, Liriano's four walks hindered what could have been a great start. The 34-year-old opened the game by throwing five shutout innings. However, he gave up a solo home run to Whit Merrifield in the sixth, then proceeded to allow two more baserunners before being pulled from the game. Both of those runners wound up scoring on a grand slam delivered by Abraham Almonte. Liriano will next take the mound Saturday against the Orioles.

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Apr 17: Liriano (2-1) picked up the win Tuesday against the Orioles, allowing two runs over five innings of work. He gave up five hits and three walks while striking out seven. The veteran lefty has looked good through his first three starts with Detroit, posting a strong 2.55 ERA to go with the two wins. The seven strikeouts Tuesday are also a new season high. It's hard to get too invested in Liriano after his struggles the past two seasons, but for now, he's looking like a viable streaming option at least. He's slated to take the mound again Sunday against the Royals and could be in for another good outing, as Kansas City is averaging just 2.8 runs per game.

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Apr 15: Liriano will start Tuesday's game against the Orioles. Liriano's Sunday start against the Yankees was postponed, so he'll now take the mound during the Tigers' next game Tuesday. All other starters in the rotation have been pushed back a day, as well.

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Apr 15: Liriano will not make his scheduled start Sunday against the Yankees as the game has been postponed due to inclement weather, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Both games of Sunday's doubleheader have been postponed due to the weather. It's currently unclear when Liriano will make his next start. The Tigers open up a three-game series with the Orioles on Tuesday.

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Apr 15: Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees has been postponed, but Liriano will pitch the scheduled night game if that game is not also postponed. The first game is not happening, but the second game has not yet been ruled out. Liriano will either pitch Sunday or Tuesday at home against the Orioles.

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Apr 14: Liriano will start the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees. Expectedly, Liriano will toe the rubber for Game 1 of Sunday's twin-bill following the postponement of Saturday's tilt. Matt Boyd remains the starter for the series finale, which is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. (ET).

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Apr 14: Liriano's scheduled start against the Yankees on Saturday was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Sunday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. It seems likely that Liriano will be tapped for one of Sunday's games alongside Matt Boyd, who was scheduled to pitch the series finale. There is also a very real chance that one or both of Sunday's contests will also get the hook with more bad weather coming into the Detroit area.

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Apr 9: Liriano (1-1) was a tough-luck loser Monday against the Indians, as he allowed just two runs over six innings of work. He gave up three hits and three walks while striking out four. Losses like this are sometimes just par for the course against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, who shut the Tigers down over eight dazzling innings. Despite taking the loss, Liriano has been solid through two starts with his new team, as he has a 2.13 ERA across 12.2 innings. The veteran lefty will look to keep it going in his next start, which is scheduled for Saturday against a tough Yankees lineup.

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Apr 2: Liriano (1-0) picked up the win against the Royals on Monday by tossing 6.2 innings of one-run ball. He gave up four hits and two walks, while striking out three. It was a great Tigers debut for Liriano, especially considering he posted a 5.66 ERA and 1.63 WHIP last season with the Blue Jays and Astros. The veteran lefty really hasn't been fantasy relevant since 2015, so it's probably wise to see if he can string together a few good starts before fully buying in. He will look to build on this strong 2018 debut in his next scheduled outing Sunday against the White Sox on the road.

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Apr 1: Liriano is scheduled to make his season debut Monday against the Royals, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Rainouts Thursday and Saturday created the need for a doubleheader Sunday, so the Tigers tabbed Fulmer to start Game 1 of the twin bill and recalled Ryan Carpenter from Triple-A Toledo to serve as the club's 26th man and starter for Game 2. As a result, each of the remaining four members of the rotation -- Liriano, Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris and Jordan Zimmermann -- will all move back one day in the pitching schedule. The change could prove beneficial for Liriano, who now lines up for a two-start week, with his second turn expected to come April 8 against the White Sox.

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Mar 31: The Tigers are not currently listing a starter for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Pirates. The two teams were rained out again Saturday and will make it up right away as part of a twin bill. Michael Fulmer will start the first game, but the Game 2 starter is "TBA." It figures to still be Liriano -- he was slated for Sunday originally -- but the fact that the Tigers aren't listing him yet suggests they are at least considering other options.

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Mar 28: Liriano is slated to start the Tigers' third game of the season on Sunday at home against the Pirates. Liriano earned a rotation spot with his strong performance this spring, as he posted a 2.25 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 16 innings. The 34-year-old's last standout fantasy season was in 2015, as he posted a 4.69 and 5.66 ERA the last two years respectively. However, given the lack of other solid options in Detroit at the moment, Liriano might at least be able to rack up some innings this year, and he could be a streaming option in the right matchups.

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Mar 26: Liriano allowed just two runs on five hits over six innings in Monday's Grapefruit League tie with the Rays. He struck out six and walked two. Liriano ends his spring training slate with a solid 2.25 ERA and 17 strikeouts across 16 innings. Signed in the offseason to provide veteran depth, the 34-year-old earned a rotation spot with his strong performance. However, after finishing with a 5.66 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over 97 innings last year, expectations should be tempered with Liriano, at least until he proves himself during the regular season.

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Mar 11: Liriano will open the 2018 season as a member of the Tigers' starting rotation, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Entering spring training, Liriano was seen as a candidate to serve as Detroit's fifth starter this season. He made his second Grapefruit League start Sunday against the Braves. Over three shutout innings he gave up two hits and two walks while fanning four batters. Although he's yet to allow a run this spring, expectations for Liriano should be kept in check as he comes off a brutal season. Over 38 games in 2017, 18 of which were starts, he posted a 5.66 ERA and 1.63 WHIP.

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Mar 6: Liriano (hamstring) is starting on the mound Tuesday against the Yankees. Liriano has been battling a minor hamstring injury since late February. Barring further setbacks, he should be up to speed by the start of the regular season and has a chance to win the Tigers' fifth starter job.

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Mar 5: Liriano (hamstring) will start Tuesday's spring game against the Yankees, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. The veteran southpaw suffered a minor hamstring injury in late February, but it seems like he's fully recovered from the issue. As long as the issue doesn't flare up further, Liriano is in line to compete for the Tigers' final rotation spot throughout the rest of spring training.

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Mar 2: Liriano (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Friday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Liriano suffered a minor hamstring injury Tuesday during defensive drills. He appears to be progressing as expected and it shouldn't be long before his Grapefruit League debut. He should have enough time remaining this spring to fight for the Tigers' fifth starter job.

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Mar 1: Liriano (hamstring) could throw a bullpen Friday or Saturday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Liriano suffered a minor hamstring injury earlier in the week, but he's apparently feeling much better and nearing a return to the mound. If everything goes off without a hitch in his bullpen, he should progress to facing live hitters before eventually making his Grapefruit League debut. Once fully healthy, the 34-year-old will look to compete for the Tigers' final rotation spot.

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Feb 27: Liriano injured his hamstring Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Liriano suffered the injury during defensive drills. It isn't expected to be serious, though it will likely push his Grapefruit League debut back by a few days. It's unlikely that this significantly hurts his chances of winning the fifth starter job with the Tigers, though if the injury lingers longer than initially reported he may not be fully ready to start by Opening Day.

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Feb 23: Liriano agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with Detroit on Friday, Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports. Liriano will have a chance to earn another $1 million in incentives. The southpaw appeared in 38 games last season, posting a 5.66 ERA and 1.63 WHIP with a 85:53 K:BB in 97 innings of work split between Toronto and Houston. He settled into a relief role with the Astros, where he was able to find his footing, as he maintained a 4.40 ERA over 20 appearances. The Tigers will likely let him compete for the last spot in the rotation this spring, though he may wind up serving out of the club's bullpen if he's unable to regain his old form. Even if he's able to secure a starting gig, expectations should be tempered for the former All-Star after his 2017 campaign.

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