A night after committing a costly error in the ninth inning to give the Twins a win, former Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit the game-winning two-run homer in the ninth inning to give Chicago a 4-2 win at Target Field. Francisco Liriano allowed two runs and struck out eight in his first start since being traded to Chicago.
Former Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano will make his first start with his new ball club at Target Field Tuesday night. The Chicago White Sox acquired the lefty Saturday night in exchange for two minor league prospects. The Twins will give the ball to Nick Blackburn and aim for their fifth straight victory after beating the first-place AL Central rivals 7-6 in the series opener with walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth.
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.
The Twins have parted ways with pending free-agent pitcher Francisco Liriano. The team traded the left-hander to the Chicago White Sox late Saturday night for two minor leaguers -- pitcher Pedro Hernandez and infielder Eduardo Escobar -- three days before the non-waiver trade deadline.
Before Monday night, the last time Francisco Liriano pitched against the White Sox in Chicago, he threw a no-hitter. It was almost nothing but hits Monday night, however, as the trade commodity allowed seven earned runs in 2.2 innings -- his worst start since returning from the minors in May.
Francisco Liriano had another brilliant start go to waste Wednesday night as the Twins lost to the Orioles, 2-1 at Target Field. Liriano struck out 10 over six innings, but he gave up a 2-run homer to Adam Jones in the first inning -- and it turned out to be all Baltimore needed.
Francisco Liriano pitched around six walks en route to leading the Twins to a 5-1 win over the Rangers Friday night in Texas. Backing Liriano was Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, each driving in a pair of runs. The White Sox beat Toronto to remain 10 games ahead in the AL Central race.
Francisco Liriano appears to be drawing interest from the Atlanta Braves. Jim Fregosi, the Braves' top advance scout, was in Minneapolis watching the Twins during Liriano's last two starts. The Pioneer Press reports Fregosi was spotted meeting with a top Twins official.
Francisco Liriano pitched well for a second straight start but the Twins' offense was stymied in a 1-0 loss to Kansas City Tuesday night. Liriano took the loss despite allowing just four hits while striking out eight in six innings of work.
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.