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MINNEAPOLIS The 2012 season has been a roller coaster ride for Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks, but he ended it on a high note Sunday in his final start of the year.
Hendriks didn't walk away from the game with a win, but he held the high-powered Tigers offense scoreless for seven innings before Detroit came from behind for a 2-1 win at Target Field. For Hendriks, Sunday's performance came one start after he was shelled for six runs on eight hits against the Yankees earlier this week.
"You always want to finish the end of the year strong, and in my case, I'm trying to make a push for next year as well," Hendriks said Sunday. ". . . Just to go seven innings against that sort of lineup and not give up any runs is huge."
Hendriks finished the day with three strikeouts and two walks while giving up five hits. The 23-year-old limited the damage on Detroit's five hits, including a pair of one-out doubles in the second and seventh innings. After Del...
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