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Updated: April 15th, 2010 2:50pm
Liriano hurls gem as Twins beat Red Sox

Liriano hurls gem as Twins beat Red Sox

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Now that's the Francisco Liriano we all remember from Fort Myers.

Liriano (1-0, 2.08 ERA), who was roughed up a tad in his start against the White Sox last weekend, threw a gem on Thursday afternoon -- seven innings, zero runs, four hits, eight strikeouts, and only two walks, as the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0.

Every Twins hitter reached base at least once against Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield (0-1, 5.11 ERA), who allowed five earned runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Twins improved to 7-3 with the victory, and they have won three consecutive series against three projected American League contenders (Angels, White Sox, Red Sox) to open the season.

Denard Span continued his hot hitting at Target Field, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run, and two RBI. Nick Punto also doubled twice for the Twins.

In the seventh inning, Michael Cuddyer took advantage of the strong winds blowing out the left field, when what looked like a lazy fly ball off Boston left-hander Scott Schoeneweis just barely snuck over the fence for a two-run home run to put the Twins up 8-0.

The homestand continues on Friday night at 7:10 p.m., with the Kansas City Royals (4-5) coming to town for a three-game series. Scott Baker (1-1, 3.86 ERA) is scheduled to face AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke (0-1, 3.55 ERA).

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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