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Bits: Liriano strong in return to rotation

Updated: May 31, 2012, 10:35 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano earned victory No. 1 on the season Wednesday, tossing six innings of three-hit, shutout ball against the Oakland Athletics. It's not a good lineup he faced, as only Josh Reddick is slugging greater than .400, but Liriano fanned nine in his return from bullpen banishment. The problem is, we've been fooled before, as with his May 2011 no-hitter. Let's see at least three more good outings before buying.

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