Category archive: Francisco Liriano

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April, 2, 2009
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STREET WINS ROCKIES CLOSER ROLE (8:50 p.m. ET)
Huston Street is taking over the closer role for the Colorado Rockies.

Street, a right-hander acquired as part of a November trade with the Oakland Athletics involving for Matt Holliday, was named Colorado's closer before the Rockies' 7-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

"This is what I came to camp to accomplish and it's a role I feel comfortable with. There is a lot of responsibility that goes along with it," Street said. "My teammates should expect me to not only get the job done but be prepared to get the job done. That's what I spent the whole offseason doing. I feel like this is just the beginning."

Street, who lost his closing role to Brad Ziegler with the A's last season, has beaten out Manuel Corpas despite early spring struggles.

RED WITH ANGER: SARASOTA BOOED (5:27 p.m. ET)
Fans booed the mayor before Cincinnati's final spring training game in Florida and, in front of only less than half the capacity of Ed Smith Stadium, the Reds wrapped up a dozen years in Sarasota with a 6-5 loss to a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad.

The Reds have trained in Florida since the 1920s, but are moving to Arizona -- the site of their first camp in 1891 -- to share a complex with the Cleveland Indians.

The small crowd vented at politicians who failed to keep the team in town and have been unable to lure a replacement. Mayor Lou Ann Palmer and two other local officials were booed loudly on the field before the game. When Palmer asked the crowd for a moment of silence over the Reds' departure, one man yelled: "It's your fault!"

With that, the mayor invited the fans to go ahead and express their frustration.They did, providing a long, collective boo. "I'm glad so many of you are angry with us, I really am," she said, "because I'm angry with us, too."

Reds owner Bob Castellini presented mementos to the stadium crew and thanked residents for supporting the team for 12 years.

ICHIRO SEES DOCTOR ABOUT FATIGUE (4:09 p.m. ET)
Ichiro Suzuki was examined by a doctor to try to determine the cause of fatigue that has kept him out the past three days.

Late Thursday, the team said results of Ichiro's exam would be available Friday.

Ichiro wasn't around the clubhouse Thursday morning, the Mariners' final day in Arizona. He experienced some fatigue and light-headedness earlier this week. Ichiro is still expected to accompany the team to Las Vegas on Friday for a pair of games against the Rockies.

Ichiro played nine games during the World Baseball Classic last month before arriving in the Mariners' spring training camp on March 26. He has played in four spring training games.

BAKER TO MISS TWO STARTS (12:42 p.m. ET)
Twins right-hander Scott Baker has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder stiffness and will miss at least his first two scheduled starts, including Opening Day.

Left-hander Francisco Liriano will take the mound for Minnesota on Monday against Seattle. The move with Baker was made retroactively to last Saturday, making him eligible to return April 12.

The Twins also put right-hander Boof Bonser and catcher Joe Mauer on the DL Thursday.

Bonser had shoulder surgery and is expected to miss the season. Mauer is recovering from inflammation in his lower back, which will keep him out for at least the next few weeks.

YOUNG ALSO GOES ON DL (12:39 p.m. ET)
The Nationals put first baseman Dmitri Young, who has hip and back strains, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 1. This is in addition to putting second baseman Anderson Hernandez on the DL because of a left hamstring strain, which the team announced on Wednesday.

Hernandez hit .276 with four RBIs in 11 games this spring; Young hit .250 with one home run and three RBIs in four Grapefruit League contests.

COSTE WORRIED OVER HOMETOWN (12:31 p.m. ET)
Phillies backup catcher Chris Coste still owns a home in Fargo, N.D., and he's been keeping up to date on the Red River flooding there.

Coste, in Clearwater, Fla., told The Forum of Fargo that he felt as if he should be helping people in Fargo, which has been on edge with a cresting Red River and the threat of disastrous flooding, in addition to a snowstorm.

"You almost feel guilty," Coste told the newspaper. "I'm all the way down here in the warm weather when I feel like I should be up there sandbagging or doing something else."

Coste, 36, said his Fargo home, which his relatives have been tending, was not damaged by the flood.

Coste's wife, Marcia, and his two daughters, ages 9 years and 9 months, won't return to Fargo "until 100 percent everything is safe."

LOUX HOPING HE DID ENOUGH (11:51 a.m. ET)
Shane Loux did not leave a particularly solid impression in his final chance at a rotation spot, but indications are that Loux, a career minor leaguer, will open this season in the majors.

Loux gave up three runs, two of them earned, in five innings in a 5-4 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. Manager Mike Scioscia has been coy and vague regarding who will be in the starting rotation.

"[Loux] is certainly a guy competing for one of our rotation spots and our pitching staff," Scioscia said. "He's been throwing well, but he wasn't sharp today. But his stuff is there."

Loux, 29, clearly would cherish the opportunity to be with the Angels on Opening Day.

"For 12 or 13 years, playing all over the country, up and down, my goal has always been to be a major leaguer on Day 1," Loux said. "It's never happened for me. Obviously it's a dream. I'm not going to take anything for granted on April 6. It's going to be a special moment for me. I'm a fan of the game and it's going to mean a lot to me."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.