MINNEAPOLIS Liam Hendriks is making his case to be known as more than just "the kid with food poisoning."
That's what Twins general manager Terry Ryan called Hendriks earlier this week, as the 23-year-old right-hander missed his first start of the 2012 season due to food poisoning in Baltimore. But Hendriks took the mound Sunday at Target Field against the visiting Texas Rangers and was impressive, giving up just one run (a solo homer) in six innings of work.
Hendriks was in line for the win when he left the game, but reliever Glen Perkins allowed three runs in the eighth inning of Minnesota's 4-3 loss. While Hendriks didn't earn the victory, he did pitch well enough to prove that he belongs in the Twins' rotation.
"He mixed it up, just as advertised," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Hendriks. "He gave us every opportunity to win the ballgame."
Hendriks' first start of the year lasted six innings and he scattered seven hits...