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Saturday, June 22nd (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Pirates (44-30) at LA Angels of Anaheim (33-41), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Francisco Liriano (5-3, 2.44) LA Angels - Jerome Williams (5-2, 3.14)

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Pirates hope that Francisco Liriano's career resurgence continues on Saturday when they resume their weekend set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Liriano, who finished with an ERA over 5.00 in 2011 and 2012 with the Twins and White Sox, has appeared to be rejuvenated by the National League, as he sits with a 5-3 record and a 2.44 ERA while striking out 55 batters in 48 innings.

"I think I worked hard in the offseason, location-wise with my fastball and everything is working so far," Liriano said of his improvement this season. "Pitching is all about location so when you can locate your pitches, you have better results."

The southpaw was the hard-luck loser in his latest outing, yielding two earned runs over six innings with six strikeouts against the Reds on June 17. Liriano had a two-start winning streak halted and is 2-3 in the past five outings.

The Angels have gotten the better of Liriano over the course of his eight-year career, as he's just 1-4 with a 6.69 ERA against them.

For Los Angeles, Jerome Williams will get the call filling in for Jason Vargas, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday due to a blood clot found in his left armpit. Williams has been an effective piece to the Angels pitching staff both as a starter and a reliever this season, going 5-2 with a 3.14 in 18 appearances (seven starts).

Williams most recently pitched three innings in relief in a loss to the Yankees on June 16, allowing just two hits and one run.

The 32-year-old right-hander has been especially strong at home this season, sporting a 2.63 ERA while opposing batters have hit just .190 against him.

On Friday, Pittsburgh jumped on the Angels with a three-run second inning and held on for a 5-2 triumph.

Pedro Alvarez got the scoring started with a solo home run, his 17th of the season. Jordy Mercer also belted a homer in the second inning and finished 3- for-4 with two RBI.

Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones and Alvarez also had two hits apiece.

Gerrit Cole continued the impressive start to his career, winning his third straight start since making his Major League debut on June 11. The first- overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft allowed just four hits, one walk and two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings of work while striking out five.

After blowing his first save of the season on Wednesday, Jason Grilli bounced back with a perfect ninth inning for his 26th save of the year, tying him with Baltimore's Jim Johnson for tops in the majors.

Jered Weaver's disappointing season continued in the loss, as he allowed nine hits and four earned runs in six innings. It marks the fourth time in seven starts this season he has allowed four runs or more.

Both of the Angels' runs came in the seventh inning, with Albert Pujols belting his 13th homer of the season and Albert Callaspo chipping in an RBI single.

The Pirates have won three of their last four games and remain in the driver's seat for one of the National League Wildcard spots, while the Angels slipped 10 games back of the Athletics in the AL West.

06/22 10:37:30 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
2nd
WAS 0
CHC 0
 
2nd
ARI 0
STL 1
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
1st
ANA 0
CHI 0
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR