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Francisco Liriano has start pushed back due to sore throat

Jim Thome, Francisco Liriano

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, center, celebrates his no-hitter with after their 1-0 win over Chicago White Sox in a baseball game Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Chicago. At left is former White Sox Jim Thome. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Francisco Liriano’s next start has been pushed back due to a sore throat.

Liriano, who threw a no-hitter against the White Sox on Tuesday, was originally scheduled to pitch against the Red Sox on Monday night. Nick Blackburn will now make the start in his place while Liriano will start Tuesday’s series opener against the Tigers.

Liriano threw a season-high 123 pitches in Tuesday’s no-hitter, so pushing him back in the starting rotation isn’t the worst idea, anyway. Keep in mind that he hadn’t exceeded 100 pitches in any of his previous five starts.