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Twins face ex-teammate on the mound Tuesday

Former Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano will make his first start with his new ball club at Target Field Tuesday night. The Chicago White Sox acquired the lefty Saturday night in exchange for two minor league prospects. The Twins will give the ball to Nick Blackburn and aim for their fifth straight victory after beating the first-place AL Central rivals 7-6 in the series opener with walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth.
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