A starting pitching turnaround? — Twins vs. White Sox 7/16

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins have been looking for a kick start for their rotation and perhaps that could come tonight with Francisco Liriano on the mound.

Liriano is 0-4 with a 6.76 ERA in his past five starts. But two of those outings have been quality starts and his last really rough outing in Detroit perhaps skewed the numbers a bit. This certainly seems like a good time for Liriano to get back to the form he had in April when he was named the AL Pitcher of the Month.

As for news today, Brian Duensing was feeling much better after missing Thursday’s game due to the flu bug. He should be available tonight.

Jeff Manship has arrived at Target Field and will be available out of the bullpen, if needed. Although the club hopes that’s not the case as he’ll be the long reliever.

UPDATE: Carlos Quentin was considered a game time decision and he was a late scratch for the White Sox due to a sore right hand from being hit with a pitch in Thursday’s game.

White Sox (50-38)
Pierre, LF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Alex Rios, CF
Paul Konerko, 1B
Quentin, DH
Andruw Jones, RF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Andruw Jones, RF Dayan Viciedo, 3B
Dayan Viciedo, 3B Brent Lillibridge, DH
Gordon Beckham, 2B

Pitching: RHP Gavin Floyd (5-7, 4.20 ERA)



Denard Span, CF

Orlando Hudson, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Jason Kubel, RF
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Jim Thome, DH
Young, LF

J.J. Hardy, SS
Nick Punto, 3B

Pitching: LHP Francisco Liriano
(6-7, 3.86 ERA)

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