Siberian Baseball

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Francisco Lirian-uh-oh

Three starts after returning from Tommy John surgery and Francisco Liriano is not looking good.

Not at all.

In what should have been a relatively safe start against Oakland, Liriano couldn't even make it out of the first inning as he got shelled for six runs, five hits, walked three and was chased after retiring two batters.

For those frustrated souls who picked him up in their fantasy leagues, that brings his record to 0-3, with an ERA of 11.32 in 10.1 innings of work. Not feeling sick yet? That works out to 15 hits and 13 earned runs in those 10 innings.

Manager Ron Gardenhire wins the understatement of the week award for this gem:

"That was a tough one for Frankie," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He feels bad about it. I don't think he has a lot of confidence right now."

Twins fans, enjoy what's shaping up to be the Mark Prior of the North. And you thought you dodged a bullet by drafting Joe Mauer, right?

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