Marooned at the bottom of the AL Central division with an MLB-worst 8-22 record, the Minnesota Twins couldn't wait any longer for Francisco Liriano and Danny Valencia to get going.
The Twins moved Liriano from the rotation to the bullpen and sent Valencia, once a promising third base prospect, to Triple-A Rochester as part of a major shakeup to try and instill some energy and life into a team that has shown very little of either through the first 30 games.
The moves were made after another lackluster performance in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
''We need to make some changes,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We need some hits. We need some new life in here, the whole package.''
Josh Willingham hit his sixth homer of the season, but Carl Pavano (2-3) was knocked out of the game before there was an out in the fifth inning. He gave up five runs (four earned) and 10 hits in his shortest outing of the season.
Ervin Santana (1-6) gave up two runs and ...