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Updated: May 14th, 2010 10:18am
Change of plans: Baker to start tonight, Liriano on Saturday

Change of plans: Baker to start tonight, Liriano on Saturday

by Tom Pelissero
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I asked Ron Gardenhire over the weekend whether he planned to play with his rotation this week, since the Minnesota Twins have two off-days.

Gardenhire said no -- but apparently, he's had a change of heart.

Right-hander Scott Baker told 1500 ESPN's Cory Roufs he will start tonight's series opener against the New York Yankees, pushing back Francisco Liriano's start to Saturday. Both pitched in the doubleheader on Saturday, so the rest is equal.

That means Baker (4-2, 4.57 ERA) will go against Yankees righty A.J. Burnett (4-1, 3.40), and Liriano (4-1, 3.26) will face lefty Andy Pettitte (4-0, 2.08).

In essence, that moves Liriano from the No. 5 slot in the rotation to No. 2 behind Baker. Right-hander Nick Blackburn (3-1, 4.76) bumps back to No. 3 and will start Sunday's series finale.

UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: According to the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press, the Yankees' starter on Sunday will be right-hander Sergio Mitre (0-1, 3.86), who has made only one start among his six appearances this season.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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