Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 9/14/12
MINNEAPOLIS Liam Hendriks is not getting special treatment.On Thursday, he got five innings. He got a three-run leash and a realistic shot at a win. He left with no chance at one, just as he so often has this season. His teammates bailed him out in the bottom of the ninth, erasing any blame or loss, but the Twins' 4-3 win was still not enough to dig Hendriks out of his nine-loss hole.So there was no special treatment, no extended time to earn a win. But Hendriks did get his very own, invented statistic.After the game, Ron Gardenhire joked that Hendriks had earned half a win. And with the season he's had, he deserved it.Seventeen starts into his two-year major league career, and Hendriks has yet to win a game. What's a natural part of baseball for nearly every pitcher in the big leagues has taken on a life of its own for Hendriks and become a rite of passage rather than just a result."We need to get that kind of out of the way before this season ends," manager Ron Gardenhire said.Li...
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