Liriano hits Valencia, Morneau takes Liriano deep, a pitcher not named Zumaya who throws 100 mph

LaVelle Neal of the Star Tribune watched Francisco Liriano hit Danny Valencia with a pitch on Tuesday. Then he saw Justin Morneau take Liriano deep and over the fence. Then he saw a guy that might be able to throw 100 mph. There's never a dull moment in Fort Myers.
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LaVelle Neal of the Star Tribune watched Francisco Liriano hit Danny Valencia with a pitch on Tuesday. Then he saw Justin Morneau take Liriano deep and over the fence. Then he saw a guy that might be able to throw 100 mph. There's never a dull moment in Fort Myers.

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