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  1. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:21 AM EDT

    Kendrys Morales, Albert Pujols

    Angels 15, Rangers 8: Kendrys Morales hit homers from each side of the plate in the sixth inning — one of which was a grand slam — and drove in six runs overall as the Angels make mincemeat out of the Rangers. Roy Oswalt got tattooed. Between that, Cliff Lee trade rumors and Roy Halladay‘s…

  2. White Sox demote Opening Day closer Hector Santiago to minors

    Jul 30, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Hector Santiago was manager Robin Ventura’s surprise choice as the White Sox’s closer coming out of spring training, but his time with ninth-inning duties was short-lived and now the 24-year-old rookie is headed back to the minors. Chicago optioned Santiago to Triple-A to make room on the roster for Francisco Liriano, who was acquired from…

  3. Podcasting the Francisco Liriano trade

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

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    I don’t usually link to my podcast in this space because it’s mostly only of interest to Twins fans and my immediate family, but this week’s episode is all about the Francisco Liriano trade and I figured that casts a little wider net. So, you know, give it a listen: Gleeman and The Geek, Episode…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 6, Phillies 2: Pretty good day for me yesterday. I took Mookie and Carlo to an amusement park and the Braves swept the Phillies. All I needed as a nice steak or something to cap the day and it would have been perfection.  Only the Astros, Rockies and Cubs have a bigger division deficit than the…

  5. White Sox get left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Twins

    Jul 28, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    liriano twins getty

    As first noted by Mike Axisa of MLB Trade Rumors, the White Sox acquired lefty starter Francisco Liriano from the Twins on Saturday night for infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-hander Pedro Hernandez. Liriano drew trade interest from the Angels, Orioles, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mets and Braves in recent weeks, but it was the Pale Hose…

  6. Angels, Orioles in mix for Francisco Liriano

    Jul 26, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    A source told FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi that the Angels and Orioles are continuing to pursue Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano in advance of next week’s trade deadline. Liriano appears about as likely to be dealt as any pitcher in the league right now. Since his inconsistency won’t stop him from receiving significant bids in free agency,…

  7. Pirates acquire Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 24, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    wandy rodriguez ap

    It’s not quite a done deal yet, but MLB.com’s Tom Singer brings word that the Pirates are “focusing their quest for pitching help” on Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and have “pulled the plug on other prospective deals” at the moment in order to concentrate on executing this one potential swap. Rodriguez has posted a 3.79 ERA,…

  8. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 24, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners

    Yankees 4, Mariners 1: Obviously Ichiro in Yankees clothing is the weirdest thing to hit baseball in some time. Must be how it felt to see Willie Mays wearing a Mets jersey or — and I really don’t think it’s hyperbole to say it — Babe Ruth in a Boston Braves uniform. OK, if that’s…

  9. So who’s available at the trade deadline?

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    The non-waiver trade deadline is coming. July 31, as usual. After a slow beginning to crazy season due to so many teams being in contention or erroneously believing so, the rumblings are getting louder. It’s great fun, yes? Over the next couple of weeks, we will obviously be writing individual posts for each of the…

  10. Francisco Liriano becomes 30th ever to fan 15 and lose

    Jul 13, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Francisco Liriano whiffed a career-high 15 batters on Friday night, but he still took a loss in a 6-3 game after giving up four runs — three earned — in eight innings against the A’s. Jonny Gomes hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to account for all of the scoring off Liriano. It…

  11. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Twins 4, White Sox 1: Kevin Youkilis made his Chisox debut and went one for four in a loss and gave us this odd picture of him in a White Sox uniform. Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 and struck out four times, but the list of things he gives less of a crap about…

  12. Francisco Liriano has thrived since returning from bullpen

    Jun 21, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano Getty

    Francisco Liriano had a 9.45 ERA, .346 opponents’ batting average, and 21/19 K/BB ratio in 27 innings over six starts when the Twins demoted him to the bullpen in mid-May. He didn’t pitch particularly well in a brief stint as a reliever, but since rejoining the rotation he has a 2.67 ERA, .155 opponents’ batting…

  13. Punchless A’s get shutout for 11th time in 53 games

    Jun 3, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Cliff Pennington

    It was Francisco Liriano on Thursday. Felipe Paulino did it Friday. And now Kansas City’s Vin Mazzaro is the latest pitcher to shut down the A’s, throwing six scoreless innings Sunday as the A’s were shut out for the 11th time this season. No team since 1918 had ever been shut out 11 times in…

  14. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners 21, Rangers 8: Look, we can point to Justin Smoak driving in a half dozen runs, Jesus Montero nearly hitting for the cycle or any number of other things as being the cause of this bloodbath. But the fact is, Derek Holland shaved his mustache the other day, and there is likely a causal…

  15. Francisco Liriano moving back into Twins’ rotation Wednesday

    May 26, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano Getty

    It turns out that Francisco Liriano‘s stint as a reliever won’t even last three weeks. On the heels of Anthony Swarzak being knocked around for six runs over just 3 1/3 innings last night against the Tigers, the Twins will move Liriano back into the starting rotation Wednesday against the Athletics. Liriano was removed from…

  16. Twins drop Jason Marquis seven starts into $3 million deal

    May 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Sunday on “Gleeman and The Geek” we talked about Jason Marquis‘ latest clunker of a start and how much longer the Twins could possibly stick with him in the rotation. It didn’t take long for an answer, as the Twins designated Marquis for assignment seven starts into a $3 million deal given to the 33-year-old…

  17. Twins ready to kick Jason Marquis to the curb

    May 21, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Twins are set to designate Jason Marquis for assignment after he gave up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings Sunday against the Brewers. Marquis, 33, is 2-4 with an 8.47 ERA in eight starts since signing a one-year, $3 million deal with Minnesota. His only two quality starts…

  18. Danny Valencia, starting third baseman since 2010, demoted to Triple-A by Twins

    May 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    As soon as the Twins called up Brian Dozier to start at shortstop and shifted Jamey Carroll into a utility man role it was clear that Danny Valencia and Alexi Casilla were on some very thin ice. Carroll has started each of the past three games at second base, but apparently that was due mostly…

  19. Twins shift struggling starter Francisco Liriano to bullpen

    May 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Earlier this week Ron Gardenhire insisted that the Twins would stick with Francisco Liriano as a starter, but last night the team announced that the left-hander would be shifting to the bullpen after beginning the season 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA. Apparently the new plan is to get him back on track for an eventual…

  20. Twins offense finds a new low in Jered Weaver’s no-hitter

    May 3, 2012, 1:07 AM EDT

    The Twins' previous low - Joe Mauer, wax Troy Polamalu

    Jerome Williams hadn’t pitched a complete game since 2003 before shutting out the Twins on Tuesday. That was humiliating. What followed Wednesday was even more distressing. Jered Weaver pitched his first no-hitter as the Angels routed the Twins 9-0. It gave the struggling Halos a three-game sweep at home and dropped the Twins to an…

  21. Twins to skip struggling Francisco Liriano in rotation

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Francisco Liriano struggled Sunday for the fourth time in four starts and the Twins have decided to make use of an off day on the schedule to skip his next turn in the rotation. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Liriano will remain on the active roster all week, but won’t see any game action.…

  22. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Rangers 3, Tigers 2: If only there was some form of technology that could rectify bad calls. Some magical device that could allow officials to see what really happened on a baseball field when the umpires miss it. A bit of sorcery that could put right what was wrong and prevent a game from being…

  23. Francisco Liriano could be bullpen bound after latest loss

    Apr 22, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    While the Twins weren’t ready to reveal their exact plans, they said after Sunday’s loss to the Rays that they’d “take a step back” with Francisco Liriano after he gave up five runs and fell to 0-3 on the season. Liriano, who had an outstanding spring after tuning up in winter ball, is 0-3 with…

  24. Francisco Liriano’s downward spiral continues

    Apr 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Francisco Liriano turned in his third straight clunker last night against the Yankees, failing to make it out of the third inning. Through three starts he has an 11.91 ERA and .407 opponents’ batting average while throwing 138 strikes and 103 balls. It’s become increasingly popular to say that Liriano’s struggles are mental and I’m…

  25. Mark Teixeira scratched with flu-like symptoms

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Mark Teixeira probably didn’t want to face Francisco Liriano tonight anyway. The Yankees scratched their first baseman about two hours before Tuesday’s game against the Twins was due to start. The reason was the old standby: flu-like symptoms. Teixeira is 3-for-20 with one homer and 10 strikeouts lifetime against Liriano, and he’s not off to…

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