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Liriano Walks Seven, Twins Lose 6th Straight

Do you guys remember 2006, when Francisco Liriano blew up as a rookie, and it looked like him and Johan Santana had the potential to become the best lefthanded 1-2 punch of all time? Liriano had the nastiest slider I had ever seen, next to Santana’s, and for a good part of the summer they were damn near unhittable, and Liriano’s K:BB ratio was better than 4:1..

Yeah, that ship has pretty much sailed. Forever. Liriano can’t find the plate these days, and in yet another frustrating start, he walked seven in six innings as the Twins fell to the Red Sox 4-3.

And barring a dramatic change in fortunes, Twins fans won’t get to see slugger Jim Thome hit home run number 600 at Target Field. Thome, who hit his 598th home run in Anaheim, has been held homerless during this homestand.

The Twins end this dreadful homestand tomorrow, hoping to salvage a win to go 1-5. John Lester will face Nick Blackburn, with first pitch at 7:10.

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