Scouting Saturday's Pirates-Rockies game
• Francisco Liriano has become a more efficient pitcher in the second half of the season. After pitching seven innings or more just twice in the first half, Liriano has thrown at least seven innings in four of his last five starts, including a complete game July 5. Liriano's stuff is back to near where it was prior to his elbow surgery and his command has rarely been better in his career.
• The Rockies' bullpen was used heavily in their previous series vs. Atlanta. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said an objective this series is for Pirates batters to increase the Rockies starters' pitch counts. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has been wild at times, walking 3.1 batters per nine innings.
• Hurdle said there has been no discussion about using rookie catcher Tony Sanchez at other positions — like first base and right field — to get his bat in the lineup. Hurdle said the focus is on developing his catching ability.
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