Liriano exits against St. Louis due to illness

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Francisco Liriano left his start Saturday after two-plus innings because of dizziness and flu-like symptoms.

Liriano, the Pirates’ opening-day starter, issued a leadoff walk to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons in the bottom of the third inning. He fell behind Matt Carpenter 2-0 before first baseman Gaby Sanchez visited him on the mound.

Liriano threw another ball before manager Clint Hurdle and assistant athletic trainer Ben Potenziano visited the mound.

Stolmy Pimentel replaced Liriano.

Liriano had fallen behind two batters in the first inning, 3-1, but retired both batters. He allowed two singles in he second inning, but struck out two and stranded both runners with a popout to end the inning.

Liriano left the game on the same day that the Pirates placed their starting catcher, Russell Martin, and their closer, Jason Grilli, on the disabled list. Another starter, Wandy Rodriguez, went on the DL earlier this week.

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