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Twins' Liriano has full day before game even begins

Updated: July 11, 2006, 11:48 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Off the plane at 3:20 p.m. On the field for warmups less than three hours later.

 Liriano

Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano had quite a day before the All-Star Game even began.

"I want to thank [AL manager] Ozzie Guillen for giving me the opportunity and thinking about me," said Liriano, a first-time selection who replaced White Sox starter Jose Contreras on the roster. Contreras pitched Sunday, so the AL decided it needed a fresh arm for the All-Star ...

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