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Twins LHP Liriano to start season in minors

Updated: March 29, 2008, 5:05 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Francisco Liriano finished spring training strong, striking out seven Pirates. The Twins sent him to the minors anyway.

Liriano held Pittsburgh to one run in five innings Friday before learning he will start the season in the minor leagues, and the Pirates beat the Twins 3-1.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said he wanted the left-handed Liriano to get at least two starts -- one with Class A Fort Myers and one with Triple-A Rochester -- to improve his conditioning and his ...

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