MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 25: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins reacts during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles on August 25, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Twins Vs. Orioles: Francisco Liriano Injured As Baltimore Completes Sweep

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Twins Vs. Orioles: Francisco Liriano Injured As Baltimore Completes Sweep In Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins lost to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday afternoon, completing a series sweep for the away team. In even worse news, the Twins lost Francisco Liriano due to injury as well.

Liriano, Minnesota's starting pitcher, left the game after just two innings due to a shoulder strain. Reports are now indicating that he'll be placed on the 15-day disabled list with Rochester's Scott Diamond taking his place in the rotation.

As for the loss that counted in the standings, which now have the Twins at a disappointing 55 wins and 75 losses, the Orioles were able to score six runs in comparison to Minnesota's one. The lone Minnesota run came when Trevor Plouffe crossed the plate in the third inning thanks to an RBI double from Justin Morneau, his 29th of the season. Unfortunately, as the final score indicates, that wasn't nearly enough.

A ragtag relief performance made up of Alex Burnett, Anthony Swarzak, Matt Capps and Jose Mijares didn't prove to be terrible, but Swarzak -- originally scheduled to start Friday -- gave up five runs over 3.1 innings to seal the Twins' fate.

The Twins have now lost 17 of their last 22 gmaes, including five straight, so the rest of the season might not be pretty ... especially with the loss of Liriano.

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Twins Try To Bust Their Slump Against Orioles

#Itsreallynothappening.

For those unversed in Twins fan Twitter dialect, local radio station 1500 ESPN created an entire campaign around the Twitter hashtag "#Itshappening". As in "it's happening--the Twins are coming back." When the Twins were storming back into the pennant race around the All-Star Break after a horrendous start to the season, we were reminded of all the previous seasons when Minnesota was able to come from behind to clinch the AL Central. Hence, #Itshappening.

It seems like those days were eons ago, doesn't it? Even the website dedicated to the campaign has thrown in the towel on the 2011 season.

At this point, the Twins are simply playing for pride against the similarly hapless Orioles. Unfortunately, even that is proving to be difficult for the injury-plagued Twins as they've been beaten soundly by Baltimore the first two games of the series. Baltimore's pitching staff hasn't exactly been lighting the world on fire this season, yet Minnesota has scraped across only two runs.

At first glance, Baltimore's starter Jeremy Guthrie would be prime for reversing the trend of Minnesota's anemic offense. But his 5-16 record is due to more bad luck on a bad team rather than bad pitching. He has a respectable 4.55 ERA and 13 quality starts this year.

Kevin Slowey will get his second start of 2011 for Minnesota. Slowey has spent most of the year on the DL (and in manager Ron Gardenhire's doghouse). He allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees his last time out.

The first pitch at Target Field is scheduled for 7:10 PM CT.

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