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Francisco Liriano Faces Tampa Bay In Afternoon Matchup

(Sports Network) - Francisco Liriano will try to break out of a personal three-game skid when he takes the hill for the Minnesota Twins against the Tampa Bay Rays in the midst of a four-game series at Target Field.

Liriano has bee consistent for the most part for Minnesota, but the hard- throwing southpaw has just two wins in his last 10 outings. The last time Liriano was on the rubber, he was pummeled by Detroit, allowing six runs on nine hits in six innings of work.

It was the third straight loss for Liriano, and it also dropped the lefty's home mark to 3-3 on the year. The beat down by the team from Motown also brought Liriano's ERA to 3.12 at Target Field.

This will be the fifth career start for him against Tampa Bay. In his four previous outings, Liriano has accumulated a 2-1 mark with an impressive 2.39 earned run average.

As for the Rays, they will turn to Wade Davis, who is looking to snap a personal five-game skid. The last time the right-hander was on the mound he held Arizona to just two runs in 7 1/3 innings. Davis, who struck out five batters in the contest, still suffered the loss due to a lack of run support.

Davis, who is a lackluster 2-3 on the road with a 5.10 earned run average, will be facing the Twins for the first time in his career.

Last night, Danny Valencia got the first hit off Tampa Bay's David Price in the fifth and singled home the go-ahead run two innings later, as the Twins rallied for a 2-1 win in the continuation of a four-game set at Target Field.

Valencia had half of Minnesota's hits against Price (11-4), who pitched eight innings for his second complete game of the season. The emerging staff ace fanned six and walked four.

Delmon Young provided a key RBI double in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run for the Twins, who got seven stellar innings from starter Scott Baker in their third win in four games.

Baker (7-7) gave up just the one run on six hits with eight strikeouts against zero walks. Jon Rauch stranded the tying run at second in the ninth to pick up his 18th save.

These two clubs have split their six-game series in each of the last two years, with the Rays losing two of three at Minnesota a season ago.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.