Originally written on RotoStars.com  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Francisco Liriano struck out a career high 15 batters on Friday night against the Oakland Athletics, but failed to win the game after giving up a grand slam to Jonny Gomes. The 15 batters fanned by Liriano on Friday was the second most in Twins’ history, two behind Johan Santana’s record 17 strikeouts in 2007 against the Texas Rangers. Liriano recorded ten straight outs to start the game, with eight of those outs coming via the strikeout. Liriano’s performance against the Athletics will certainly boost his potential trade value in the eyes of opposing general managers, as he has been widely rumored to be on the move prior to the July trade deadline. The San Cristobal, Dominican Republic native has pitched well as of late, posting five straight quality starts dating back to his start against the Brewers on June 15.      
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