FORT MYERS, Fla. A year ago, Francisco Liriano entered spring training with a nagging shoulder injury that stuck with him for nearly all of the 2011 season. This year is a different story for the Twins left-hander, who says he came to camp feeling healthy.
He proved it Thursday, striking out five Rays batters in three innings of work in Minnesota's 1-0 loss at Hammond Stadium. Liriano allowed just one hit and didn't walk a batter. He faced the minimum through three innings as leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings was caught stealing after opening the game with a single.
Liriano struck out two runners in both the first and second inning and induced a pair of grounders to shortstop to end the third inning and his day.
"The way I feel right now, nothing's bothering me right now," Liriano said after Thursday's start.
That's a far cry from last year, when he was placed on the disabled list twice, both times with shoulder problems. But Liriano had a healthy o...