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Souhan: Twins not sure which Liriano will show up this year

Will Francisco Liriano return to dominance this year? As Jim Souhan explains, the Twins lefty was virtually unhittable in 2006. Since then, he's been just about everything: brilliant, horrid, promising and disappointing.
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Will Francisco Liriano return to dominance this year? As Jim Souhan explains, the Twins lefty was virtually unhittable in 2006. Since then, he's been just about everything: brilliant, horrid, promising and disappointing.

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