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Tigers At Twins: Liriano Makes First Start Since No-Hitter

The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers will get together this evening to start a quick two-game series at Target Field, and tonight will feature the return of left-hander Francisco Liriano (2-4, 6.61 ERA), who is making his first start since pitching a no-hitter at U.S. Cellular Field against the Chicago White Sox one week ago.

It wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing no-hitter in baseball history, as Liriano walked six batters and threw only about half his pitches for strikes, but it was a no-hitter none the less. He will now attempt to become the first pitcher since Johnny Vander Meer of the 1938 Cincinnati Reds to pitch no-hitters in two consecutive games. . .though he doesn't expect anything like that to happen.

"I just want to go out there and have a quality start and give the team a chance to win the game," Liriano said Monday. "I don't think about a no-hitter or anything like that."

Liriano will be opposite Tigers' right-hander Rick Porcello (2-2, 3.93 ERA). Porcello was strong in his last start, scattering eight hits and allowing two runs over seven innings in a 6-3 Detroit victory over the New York Yankees on May 5.

First pitch for this one is scheduled for 7:10 PM Central time. Be sure to check out our friends at Twinkie Town for their Game Thread, and we'll have the recap over here when things have finished up.

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