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Twins Vs. Tigers: Francisco Liriano Lifted Because Of Shortness Of Breath

In his first start after throwing a no-hitter, Francisco Liriano was only able to record nine outs. He was lifted after three innings with what was only reported as an "illness." Liriano was originally schedule to start on Monday, but they moved his start back to Tuesday because of a sore throat. One would have to assume that had something to do with the issues Liriano faced when he finally made his start. 

According to Jordan Schelling of MLB.com, Liriano was taken out of the game because he was short of breath after running to first base.

"He got sick and was having trouble catching his breath out there after he went to first base," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He stopped, took a couple deep breaths, threw a couple pitches, finished the inning. But once he got in the dugout, he was having a hard time breathing again, so we got him out of there."

Aside for the aforementioned no-hitter, Liriano has struggled through his starts this season. On Tuesday, he gave up four runs on 3 hits, while walking three batters and striking out just one. He threw nearly 60 pitches over the course of his three innings. So far on the season, he has a 21:27 K:BB ratio, which is not good at all. I didn't want to say it at the time, but it's looking more and more like the no-hitter Liriano threw last week really was just a fluke.

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