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Illness causes Francisco Liriano’s early exit

Francisco Liriano

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano prepares to deliver his last pitch to Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the White Sox, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Chicago. Liriano did not allow a hit in the Twins won 1-0. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


9:25 p.m. EDT: The Twins said it was actually Liriano’s recent illness that caused his departure after three innings. Liriano, who was originally supposed to pitch Monday, was pushed back until today because of a sore throat and other flu-like symptoms.


Francisco Liriano was checked on by the Twins trainer with an apparent leg issue during an intentional walk in the third inning Tuesday and didn’t come back out for the fourth against the Tigers.

Liriano, who was coming off a no-hitter against the White Sox, gave up a two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta in the second inning, snapping his streak of hitless innings. He went on to give up two more runs after the intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera in the third.

Liriano appeared to tweak the knee of his landing leg on the second pitch of the intentional walk, which ended up quite a bit higher and further off the plate than expected. After two warmup throws, he made it clear he was fine to stay in. However, given his struggles and history of arm problems, the Twins probably didn’t want to risk anything by letting him come back out for another inning. He had thrown just 29 of his 59 pitches for strikes.

Brian Duensing, who was on his throw day in between starts, came in to begin the fourth inning with the Twins down 4-0.