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Liriano named fifth starter

The Minnesota Twins on Tuesday informed lefty Francisco Liriano that he will pitch the fifth game of the season on April 9th against the White Sox in Chicago. This unofficially sets Liriano up to be the fifth starting pitcher on the Minnesota Twins organization. Pitching coach Rick Anderson confirmed that Liriano has been named the starter, but no official word has come from manager Ron Gardenhire. Any official announcement will likely be released sometime on Wednesday morning.

Liriano pitched a gem on Tuesday against the Pirates, the same day he found out that he would be starting the fifth game of the season. The lefty gave up no runs on just three hits in his six innings of work. He also struck out eight batters and gave up three walks.

He admits that he was not feeling 100% the last few years. This year is different. Liriano said on Tuesday, "I think '06 was the last time I was feeling this good."

If Liriano can be back in his '06 form and start for the Twins this year, then the rotation suddenly is that much stronger. He thinks he can do it, now fans and coaches will wait for him to prove himself. If he can do the type of job he did on Tuesday, he will easily secure his spot in the Twins starting rotation.

By Josh Gloe


  1. Very good news for the Twins...they're going to need Liriano to be solid because Chicago and Detroit have solid starting rotations. Hopefully Liriano can get off to a hot start, keep his confidence up, and work his way up in the starting rotation to maybe a #3 or even #2 starter eventually.

  2. Great move, this guy can still become a real good starter if he can keep getting experience.