Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 6/20/12
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In Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano's first 10 starts of the year, he failed to pitch into the seventh inning all 10 times. That streak ended Wednesday, as Liriano went 6 23 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing just one run in Minnesota's 2-1 win at PNC Park.While his start snapped a streak of consecutive starts of six innings or less, Wednesday's outing continued a trend that has occurred since he rejoined the Twins' rotation on May 30. In his last five starts, Liriano has allowed one run or fewer in three of them. His ERA in those five games is 2.67 (nine runs in 30 13 innings) after one earned run Wednesday.In his last five starts, Liriano has struck out 35 batters, including six Pirates hitters on Wednesday. Conversely, he's issued just 12 walks in that stretch. Before his demotion to the bullpen in early May, Liriano was walking nearly as many hitters (19) and he was striking out (21)."This is kind of what we saw out of spring training, pounding the strike zone w...
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