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Liriano ready to get back on the mound

Francisco Liriano has had nine days to relax and refocus in hopes of finding success on the mound again. After struggling to throw strikes, Liriano says he's keeping the ball down and "things are working out way better" after throwing a couple of bullpen sessions. He'll start Tuesday night against the Angels.
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Francisco Liriano has had nine days to relax and refocus in hopes of finding success on the mound again. After struggling to throw strikes, Liriano says he's keeping the ball down and "things are working out way better" after throwing a couple of bullpen sessions. He'll start Tuesday night against the Angels.

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