Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano took the loss in a 2-1 setback to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday at Target Field, but he showed a large handful of major league scouts what they had come to see. Liriano fanned 10 in six innings in his eighth quality start since returning to the rotation May 30. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, the timing is perfect. "He's a smart kid. He knows what's going on," said Scott Ullger, who managed Wednesday's game after Ron Gardenhire went home sick with a stomach virus in the fifth inning. "He's been around." Liriano surrendered a long, two-run homer to Adam Jones in the first inning before settling down to strike out 10 of the next 20 Orioles batters. The Yankees, Blue Jays, Mets and Braves all have scouted Liriano in recent weeks, and anyone with a passing interest in baseball knows Liriano, whose one-year, $5.55 million contract expires at season's end, is available. "I try not to listen to it," Liriano ...
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