Francisco Liriano is confident his 2012 season will be more consistent than his last.
He gave signs Thursday he may be right.
The left-hander struck out five of the nine batters he faced in in three scoreless innings but the Minnesota Twins lost 1-0 loss to a Tampa Bay Rays split squad.
''Nothing's bothering me right now, so it's going to be quite different from last year,'' Liriano said.
Desmond Jennings was the only Rays player to get a hit off Liriano and the leadoff hitter had two of Tampa Bay's four hits.
''I feel good. I feel good,'' Jennings said. ''Just glad I'm playing. Hopefully, I'll get better as camp goes on.''
Liriano was feeling good, too. Last season was an up-and-down year because of inconsistency and injury that was right in step with an up-and-down career.
The six-year veteran, who has mixed good starts with frustrating defeats ever since breaking through with a 12-3 record and 2.16 ERA in 2006, went 9-10 with a 5.09 ERA last season despite throwing a no-hi...