Twins' Liriano looks to build on last outing

Francisco Liriano starts for the Twins tonight in Kansas City. He’s trying to win his second game since his bullpen demotion ended last week against Oakland. He came back in style, tossing six scoreless innings, striking out nine.
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Francisco Liriano starts for the Twins tonight in Kansas City. He’s trying to win his second game since his bullpen demotion ended last week against Oakland. He came back in style, tossing six scoreless innings, striking out nine.

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