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Twins roster shake-up: Liriano to the bullpen, Valencia to Triple-A

Big moves following the Twins loss Wednesday night. Francisco Liriano was moved to the bullpen and Danny Valencia was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Liriano has struggled with confidence and Valencia was in the midst of an 0-21 slump.
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Big moves following the Twins loss Wednesday night. Francisco Liriano was moved to the bullpen and Danny Valencia was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Liriano has struggled with confidence and Valencia was in the midst of an 0-21 slump.

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