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January 10, 2013 | Associated Press
Francisco Liriano may not be signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates after all. Liriano's agreed-to contract with the Pirates is in jeopardy after the pitcher injured his right arm around Christmas, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. According to the report, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington didn't disclose how Liriano - a lefthanded pitcher - got hurt or whether the injury would prevent him from being ready for the start of spring training on Feb. 12. Ex-Phillie farmhand Jonathan Singleton suspended 50 games Former Phillies minor-leaguer Jonathan Singleton, now with the Houston Astros organization, was suspended 50 games Wednesday after a second violation for a drug of abuse.
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May 4, 2011 | Associated Press
CHICAGO - Francisco Liriano pitched the major league's first no-hitter of the season, throwing his first career complete game in the Minnesota Twins' 1-0 victory over the White Sox last night. Liriano (2-4), who has played all six of his major league seasons with the Twins, struck out two and tied his career high with six walks. The 27-year-old lefthander threw 123 pitches in his 95th major league start. He survived a rocky ninth inning that began when Brent Morel grounded to shortstop and Matt Tolbert made a one-hop throw that first baseman Justin Morneau scooped.
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August 8, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Zach Miner won the battle of rookie pitchers, but Francisco Liriano might have an excuse. The Detroit Tigers roughed up Liriano again in a 9-3 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins last night. Detroit (76-36) is now a season-best 40 games over .500. "We knew before the season that we could win some games," Curtis Granderson said. "We didn't expect this. " Liriano (12-3) has a 7.63 ERA against Detroit this season, more than five times higher than his ERA (1.39) against the rest of the majors.
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September 15, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Suddenly, the Minnesota Twins are within striking distance of first place. Torii Hunter and Rondell White homered on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning to help the visiting Twins beat the Cleveland Indians, 9-4, and pull within one game of first in the American League Central. The Twins' sixth victory in seven tries moved them two games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the wild-card race and one game behind the faltering Detroit Tigers in the Central. The last time Minnesota was within one game of first place was the second day of the season, April 5. Hunter drove in four runs and finished with three hits, and White also had three hits.
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May 5, 2011 | Associated Press
CHICAGO - Francisco Liriano showed his potential five years ago as a rookie all-star and 12-game winner for the Minnesota Twins. Then came the down time, elbow surgery, a missed season, and a struggle to regain his form and his confidence. A year ago he appeared to have found his way back, winning 14 games and the AL comeback player award. But when 2011 started, he was having problems again with control and was 1-4 with a 9.13 ERA. His spot in the rotation was in jeopardy. Then the lefthander took the mound on a cold Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox and pitched the game of his life, a no-hitter.
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April 13, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE CLEVELAND Indians may have found a boost for their stagnant offense. The team has reached agreement on a $1.25 million, 1-year contract with free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, because the Indians had not yet announced the agreement. Damon, 38, is 277 hits from 3,000 and was looking to catch on with a team to prolong his career. Agent Scott Boras has worked out a deal with Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, who has been looking for a player to help a Cleveland team off to a 1-4 start and batting only .176 - worst in the majors.
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February 12, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
CHARLES BARKLEY has an opinion on just about everything. And, apparently, a short memory. On Monday, Barkley appeared on the "Dan Patrick Show" and said that Lakers center Dwight Howard should tell off meddlesome teammate Kobe Bryant. Bryant has said on several occasions that Howard should stop complaining about playing with a shoulder injury. "He should have already told Kobe Bryant to shut the hell up by now, or [tell him he's going to] kick his ass" Barkley said. "He should have done that by now because, as a man, there's only so many times you can call me out publicly.
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April 16, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Dana Eveland pitched six innings, Travis Snider homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Chicago White Sox, 7-3, last night. Alex Gonzalez matched a career high with four hits and had three RBI as the Blue Jays improved to 7-3. One night after a stadium-low crowd of 10,610 watched an 11-1 loss, attendance jumped slightly to 10,744 for the series finale. Eveland (2-0) allowed two runs and three hits in six-plus innings. He walked three and struck out four. "I'm pleased with the way it's going so far," said Eveland, who joined Toronto in an offseason trade with Oakland.
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April 28, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
With fewer big-time implications on the line, the Minnesota Twins still got the same result. Francisco Liriano pitched eighth scoreless innings, leading the visiting Twins to a 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers last night, in the first game since the teams played in a one-game play-in game last year. The teams were tied atop the American League Central last season after 162 games. Minnesota won the play-in game, 6-5, in 12 innings. Liriano (3-0) struck out 10, gave up the first of four hits in the fifth, and walked only one. Twins star Justin Morneau didn't play after the fifth inning, because of a stiff back.
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May 3, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
The Baltimore Orioles didn't need a history lesson to feel good about sweeping the Boston Red Sox. There were plenty of other reasons to celebrate the accomplishment. Ty Wigginton doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning following a throwing error by Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon, giving the Orioles a 3-2 victory yesterday and their first three-game sweep of the Red Sox at home in 36 years. It was Baltimore's first three-game winning streak of the season and seemed to restore a sense of dignity in the clubhouse after a 2-16 start.
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September 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is unfair to blame one Phillies hitter for another lame night, because Pirates lefthander Francisco Liriano was that dominant Thursday in a 4-1 win. He struck out 10 batters on his first 75 pitches. He completed eight innings without permitting a runner to reach third base. But it is difficult to ignore one slumping Phillie, Ryan Howard. He walked twice and struck out two more times Thursday to make it 15 whiffs in 32 at-bats so far this September. He has one extra-base hit this month.
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September 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOOKING FOR pitching depth a week before the major league season began, the Pittsburgh Pirates nabbed former Phillie Vance Worley off the scrap heap. A year after taking the mound as Minnesota's Opening Day starter, Worley had been designated for assignment by the Twins. Worley jumped into the Pirates' rotation in June. He is 7-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 15 starts. Worley is being paid $527,500 for the 2014 season. Less than 6 weeks before the Pirates added Worley, they lost out on their bid to bring A.J. Burnett back for a third season with the team.
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July 20, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Another day, another loss, another chance to ponder what it means for the Phillies' outlook between now and the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. The man on the mound Friday night is a pitcher they should be highly motivated to move. Theoretically, righthander A.J. Burnett could return to the club next season by way of a player option. But he contemplated retirement last year, and he has said the only reason he signed with the Phillies was a chance to compete. Which means now might be the only time the organization has a chance to get anything of value for him. Burnett did not help his value in the 6-4 loss to the Braves.
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July 26, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
TIM HUDSON took a shutout into the eighth inning before getting spiked at first base and carted off the field during visiting Atlanta's 8-2 win over the Mets last night. Tim Hudson had X-rays at Citi Field and the Braves say he will undergo surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down. It's unclear how long Hudson will be out or whether he'll be able to pitch again this season. Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons all homered off an ineffective Jeremy Hefner to help the Braves' bats break loose after scoring only four runs in their previous three games.
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June 18, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
MAX SCHERZER has shrugged off the significance of his undefeated start, saying records are fluky statistics for pitchers and that he's simply playing for a good team. When the Detroit Tigers righthander found out he is the first to accomplish a couple of feats since Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez, though, it knocked Scherzer off his humble script. "That tickles me when you say those type of names," he said. Scherzer improved to 10-0 and struck out 10, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Detroit beat the Orioles, 5-1, last night.
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June 13, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
STARLING MARTE'S precocious talent can sometimes get him in trouble at the plate. The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder can be in such a hurry to get on base, his bat tends to get ahead of itself. A well-timed piece of advice helped him break out of a slump last night against the visiting San Francisco Giants. Told by several teammates to wait a beat longer before swinging, Marte slapped a career-high four hits and scored four times as the Pirates pulled away for a 12-8 victory. "I think you know it goes back to pitch selection, seeing the ball, trying to maintain discipline throughout the at-bat," manager Clint Hurdle said.
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May 23, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THIS TIME, Bryce Harper made the catch. And yeah, it was a relief. Harper made a game-saving grab in rightfield and had a couple of big hits at the plate to help the visiting Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants, 2-1, in 10 innings yesterday. San Francisco had runners on first and second with one out in the eighth when Harper had to dive to grab Hunter Pence's sinking liner in the gap, keeping it tied at 1. He banged up his left knee on the play, but managed to stay in the game.
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February 12, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
CHARLES BARKLEY has an opinion on just about everything. And, apparently, a short memory. On Monday, Barkley appeared on the "Dan Patrick Show" and said that Lakers center Dwight Howard should tell off meddlesome teammate Kobe Bryant. Bryant has said on several occasions that Howard should stop complaining about playing with a shoulder injury. "He should have already told Kobe Bryant to shut the hell up by now, or [tell him he's going to] kick his ass" Barkley said. "He should have done that by now because, as a man, there's only so many times you can call me out publicly.
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January 10, 2013 | Associated Press
Francisco Liriano may not be signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates after all. Liriano's agreed-to contract with the Pirates is in jeopardy after the pitcher injured his right arm around Christmas, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. According to the report, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington didn't disclose how Liriano - a lefthanded pitcher - got hurt or whether the injury would prevent him from being ready for the start of spring training on Feb. 12. Ex-Phillie farmhand Jonathan Singleton suspended 50 games Former Phillies minor-leaguer Jonathan Singleton, now with the Houston Astros organization, was suspended 50 games Wednesday after a second violation for a drug of abuse.
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August 17, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
ALEX RIOS HIT a three-run homer against his former team and Francisco Liriano earned his first victory with the Chicago White Sox in a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo, Alexei Ramirez and Dewayne Wise all hit solo home runs as the White Sox matched a season high by going deep five times. Chicago has hit 27 home runs in its past 13 games. The power surge helped Chicago win its first series in Toronto since 2006. Viciedo and Flowers hit consecutive long balls in the fifth inning, the eighth time this season the White Sox have gone back-to-back.
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