Francisco Liriano's surprising no-no

Struggling Twins get unlikely shot in the arm, while White Sox get more of the same

Updated: May 4, 2011, 9:39 AM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Minnesota Twins' Francisco Liriano turned a matchup too ugly for attention into a thing of relative beauty Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox.

The left-hander drew all the focus by pitching the first no-hitter of the 2011 season in a matchup of two down-on-their-luck teams. At least the 1-0 final score was representative of the offensive struggles from both clubs.

Just how backward was this rags-to-riches contest?

Liriano, a noted strikeout pitcher, was ...

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