Francisco Liriano back into rotation

Updated: May 26, 2012, 12:54 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Francisco Liriano is getting another shot in the Minnesota Twins' muddled starting rotation.

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Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced Saturday that the left-hander is moving out of the bullpen and will start Wednesday against Oakland. Liriano was demoted to the bullpen May 9 after going 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts.

The Twins are hoping Liriano's time in the bullpen helped him to clear his head. They need the lefty in the rotation to take the place of Anthony Swarzak, who gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings Friday night against Detroit.

Liriano says he feels good mentally and physically and is eager to be a starter again. He allowed four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings during five relief appearances.


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