It may not look like it in the box score, but Tuesday's start was progress for Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Liriano had time off to clear his mind and to prepare for his fifth start of the year after getting knocked around in his first four starts and skipping his last time through the rotation. And while he was charged with the loss in Minnesota's 4-0loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels, there were some positives to take away from Liriano's outing.
"Frankie, you know what, I know he gave up four runs, but it wasn't that bad," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Liriano pitched into the sixth inning for the first time all season. He had previously pitched five innings twice in his first four starts, but never made it past the fifth. Tuesday, he went 5 13 innings and left the game after facing two batters in the sixth.Liriano also set a season-high with five strikeouts. His previous high was four, which he achieved twice in his first four starts.And Liriano was able ...