Clint Hurdle spent spring training tinkering with the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup and preaching the importance of selflessness. Of moving runners over. Of being patient at the plate and aggressive on the bases.
The message found an unlikely landing spot in pitcher Francisco Liriano.
The veteran tied a Pirates opening day record by striking out 10 and singled home the first run of the 2016 Major League Baseball season for good measure, sending Pittsburgh past the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Sunday.
It was 39 degrees when Liriano threw the first pitch of the year at sunny but frosty PNC Park. He allowed just three hits and walked five in six shutout innings. His RBI hit in...