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Twins taking a step back with Liriano

After another rough outing the Minnesota Twins plan to "take a step back" with Francisco Liriano. Ron Gardenhire says "we're going to step back to see what we need to do to try to get his confidence back." If this means a move to the bullpen, Liriano said, "That would be OK with me."
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After another rough outing the Minnesota Twins plan to "take a step back" with Francisco Liriano. Ron Gardenhire says "we're going to step back to see what we need to do to try to get his confidence back." If this means a move to the bullpen, Liriano said, "That would be OK with me."

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