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Struggling Liriano might get Friday start against Twins

Francisco Liriano might get out of the White Sox bullpen for a spot start against the Twins tomorrow night. That start was supposed to go to fellow reliever Hector Santiago, but Santiago pitched last night against the Tigers, opening the door for Liriano.
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