Liriano has registered three consecutive holds and attributes is recent improvement to becoming more comfortable as a reliever, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Liriano said it took him some time to transition from being a starter with Toronto to a reliever for Houston. And it showed initially. He allowed 23 of the first 45 batters faced to reach base. Acquired at the trade deadline to be the team's lefty specialist, Liriano gave up eight runs over his first nine innings and was being used in low-leverage situations. Since then, the left-hander has retired 11 of the last 12 batters faced and is attacking hitters instead of pitching like a starter. Sep 21 10:39 pm (EST)
- Liriano (6-7) allowed one run on one hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in Houston's 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays.
- Liriano (6-6) pitched for the first time since becoming a member of the Astros and allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk in one-third of an inning in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Rays.
- Liriano, who the Astros acquired from the Blue Jays earlier Monday, will work out of the bullpen with his new team, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. All Francisco Liriano (L) News
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