The last time Francisco Liriano started at U.S. Cellular Field, he tossed a no-hitter in the midst of an otherwise miserable season.
Now pitching well while trade rumors swirl, Liriano looks to help the Minnesota Twins send the slumping Chicago White Sox to their season-worst sixth consecutive loss in the opener of a three-game set Monday night.
The highlight of Liriano's disappointing 2011 season came May 3 in Chicago, where he no-hit the White Sox in a 1-0 victory. Not much else went right for him in that 9-10 campaign, nor did 2012 begin as he had hoped.
Liriano (3-9, 4.81 ERA) was 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA before being demoted to the bullpen in May. He's gone 3-4 with a solid 2.84 ERA in 10 starts since returning to the rotation.
The left-hander has lost each of his last two starts despite striking out 25, allowing three earned runs in eight innings July 13 against Oakland before giving up two runs in six innings Wednesday versus Baltimore.
With the Twins (40-55) tied for...