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Twins Spring Training 2012: Francisco Liriano Allows 4-Run Inning

After a stellar start to his spring training, Minnesota Twins pitcher returned to some bad habits in the third inning Thursday afternoon, surrendering four runs in an 8-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

In the past, Liriano has suffered from an inconsistent delivery and rushing on the mound when he gets into any trouble. After retiring the first six Blue Jays, including three strikeouts, Liriano lost his composure, allowing four hits and hitting a a batter in the third inning. Via The Pioneer Press:

In the third inning on Tuesday, March 13, though, "I started rushing like I always do," Liriano said.

"I can't get mad at myself like that," Liriano said.

Liriano submitted a very good 2010 season, winning 14 games to 10 losses and registering an ERA of 3.62 in 31 starts. Last season, however, Liriano walked 75 batters in 134 innings and recorded an ERA above five.

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