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Updated: June 6th, 2011 9:24pm
Anthony Slama sent down to make room for Francisco Liriano's return

Anthony Slama sent down to make room for Francisco Liriano's return

by Phil Mackey
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CLEVELAND -- With left-hander Francisco Liriano set to return from a short stint on the disabled list Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins optioned right-hander Anthony Slama to Triple-A Rochester after Monday's 6-4 win.

Slama pitched in two games during his brief time with the Twins, allowing zero runs and zero hits in 2 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking one.

Liriano last pitched on May 22 before being temporarily shut down with shoulder inflammation. He owns a 5.73 ERA with 34 walks and 32 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings, but has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four starts.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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