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Illness causes Francisco Liriano’s early exit

May 10, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

Francisco Liriano

9:25 p.m. EDT: The Twins said it was actually Liriano’s recent illness that caused his departure after three innings.  Liriano, who was originally supposed to pitch Monday, was pushed back until today because of a sore throat and other flu-like symptoms.

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Francisco Liriano was checked on by the Twins trainer with an apparent leg issue during an intentional walk in the third inning Tuesday and didn’t come back out for the fourth against the Tigers.

Liriano, who was coming off a no-hitter against the White Sox, gave up a two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta in the second inning, snapping his streak of hitless innings.  He went on to give up two more runs after the intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera in the third.

Liriano appeared to tweak the knee of his landing leg on the second pitch of the intentional walk, which ended up quite a bit higher and further off the plate than expected.  After two warmup throws, he made it clear he was fine to stay in.  However, given his struggles and history of arm problems, the Twins probably didn’t want to risk anything by letting him come back out for another inning.  He had thrown just 29 of his 59 pitches for strikes.

Brian Duensing, who was on his throw day in between starts, came in to begin the fourth inning with the Twins down 4-0.

  1. 78mu - May 10, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Johnny Vander Meer’s record is safe again. Until Friday when Verlander pitches and then it will be safe again.

    Which record will be tied first – Vander Meer’s or Dimaggio’s?

    • BC - May 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      Neither. These are records that will never be broken because the game has changed. A no-hitter is tough enough, but three? No even throws complete games anymore! And Dimaggio during his streak was facing pitchers in the late innings that had thrown 130 pitches. Today he’d be facing specialists and guys that are fresh and throw 102 mph. Big difference.
      Some others:
      Cy Young – 511 wins
      Hack Wilson – 191 RBI
      Bob Gibson – 1.12 ERA
      Cal Ripken – 2,632 consecutive games played
      Ty Cobb – .366 career batting average
      The interesting thing will be to watch for someone to hit .400. I thought Ichiro would come closer than he has, but he doesn’t walk much and doesn’t get injured. You need someone to play just enough to qualify for the title, and who walks a decent amount – like Brett in 1980. Tony Gwynn’s .394 was incredible, given that he doesn’t fit either criteria. Someone will hit .400 though.

      • 78mu - May 11, 2011 at 9:31 PM

        I don’t think 3 no hitters in a row will ever be done. That’s why I asked which record will be tied first. If JVM hadn’t done two I would have said that was impossible but obviously it’s not. Three in a row is about as likely as hitting the moon with a rock from the top of Mt. Everest.

  2. Utley's Hair - May 11, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    At least they’ve added the ever popular vague “flu-like symptoms” to his debilitating sore throat.

  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 11, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    This is the third or fourth start in a row that has been “pushed back” for Liriano for assorted reasons. if he can’t go every 5, why don’t they just come out and say so?

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