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Liriano's last start as a Twin tonight?

With the trading deadline fast approaching, the Twins' Francisco Liriano is getting plenty of attention from teams still in the 2012 playoff hunt. Tonight, he's in Chicago to try to keep the suddenly-slumping White Sox in their July funk.
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