January 10, 2013 |
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.
May 4, 2011 |
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.
August 8, 2006 |
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.
September 15, 2006 |
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.
May 5, 2011 |
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.
April 13, 2012 |
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.
February 12, 2013 |
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.
April 16, 2010 |
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.
April 28, 2010 |
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.
May 3, 2010 |
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.