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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The Twins optioned third baseman Danny Valencia to Triple-A Rochester following Wednesday's loss to the Angels. Valencia's 0-21 slump dropped his average to .190. In another move the team designated relief pitcher Matt Maloney for assignment.
Twins take aim at sweeping the Tribe w/o Liriano
The Minnesota Twins have a chance to sweep the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon at Target Field after handing the tribe a couple of embarrassing losses. Right-hander Brian Duensing will step in for Francisco Liriano, who was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Ubaldo Jimenez will take the hill for the Indians. Twins Third baseman Danny Valencia is also back for the first time since being sent down to Triple-A Rochester in May.
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.
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."
Twins place Plouffe on DL, call up Valencia
The Twins placed Trevor Plouffe on the 15 day disabled list Friday night. He was initially in the lineup, but scratched after his bruised thumb acted up on him during batting practice. The move is retroactive to July 21. Filling the roster spot is Danny Valencia, who was hitting .250 with 7 home runs and 37 RBI at AAA-Rochester.
Liriano ready to get back on the mound
Francisco Liriano has had nine days to relax and refocus in hopes of finding success on the mound again. After struggling to throw strikes, Liriano says he's keeping the ball down and "things are working out way better" after throwing a couple of bullpen sessions. He'll start Tuesday night against the Angels.
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