Pirates' pitcher Liriano named National League Comeback Player of the Year


Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano collected his second 2013 National League Comeback Player of the Year Award on Monday, capping an outstanding 16-win season.

The award, sanctioned by Major League Baseball and voted on by MLB.com reporters, came two weeks after he was named NL comeback player of the year by The Sporting News.

Signed by the Pirates in January, Liriano credited his performance in 2013 to the return of his fastball command which complemented his slider. He finished with a 3.02 ERA and 163 strikeouts and was the clear choice to open the playoffs against Cincinnati in the wild-card game. Liriano earned the win, the club's first postseason victory in 21 years.

He won the award in the American League in 2010, and is the first player to win the award twice and in both leagues.

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen was named National League outstanding player when the league's Players Choice awards were announced. McCutchen hit .317 with 84 RBIs, 21 home runs and a .404 on-base percentage. The award is voted on by active players.


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