• Francisco Liriano (strained left oblique) delivered 30 pitches from the windup in a Thursday side session. The left-hander will next do flat-ground throwing on Friday and return to the bullpen for a more diversified session on Sunday.
• Outfielder Jerrick Suiter, the Pirates' selection in the 26th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, has agreed to contract terms and been assigned to Bristol of the Rookie-level Appalachian League. The TCU product, named Outstanding Player in the recent Big 12 Championship, is the 31st signee (of 42 selections) from the Draft -- the Bucs' most since signing 32 of 50 picks in 2008.
• In their Wednesday duel in St. Petersburg, Charlie Morton and the Rays' David Price produced only the eighth game ever in which both starters had 11-plus strikeouts without more than one walk.
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