Originally written May 30, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
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MINNEAPOLIS With the way he was pitching early on, Francisco Liriano didn't have many reasons to smile this year. But there was no mistaking the grin on his face after he helped the Minnesota Twins sweep the Oakland Athletics with a 4-0 victory Wednesday.It was Liriano's first start since May 7. Since then, the Twins left-hander was demoted to the bullpen for three weeks to help get his mind straight while he looked to regain his form. Before his demotion, he was 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA. Opponents were batting .346 against him, and he walked 19 batters in 26 23 innings.For one day, though, all that misery was put in the past. Liriano was given a new start Wednesday, and he took full advantage. Against a punchless Oakland lineup, Liriano threw six scoreless innings while striking out nine and giving up just three hits and walking two.It was a side of Liriano the Twins had seen before, just not this year. Now that it has resurfaced, Minnesota is hoping to see much more of it the ...
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