Twins Tell Francisco Liriano There's No Room at the Inn

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Francisco Liriano is doing quite well down at Triple-A Rochester, winning his last seven decisions and sporting a tidy 2.73 ERA and 9.6 strikeouts per inning over his last nine starts. Heck, he even had a 26 2/3 inning scoreless streak that ended last night. The former phenom seems ready to be called up, eh? Not so fast, say the Twins:

"The Twins, winners of 21 of their past 28 games, say they currently do not have room for Liriano in their starting rotation, which consists of right-handers Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, Nick Blackburn and Livan Hernandez along with lefty Glen Perkins."

Wait...what? Livan Hernandez is suddenly a better option than Francisco Liriano? The same Livan Hernandez who is 3-4 with a 7.28 ERA since mid-May? The same Livan Hernandez who gives out hits like they're candy (93 hits in his last 55 innings) and tater tots like they're...well...tater tots? Can I write an entire paragraph with only questions?

Liriano's agent, Greg Genske, asked the player's union to file a grievance on behalf of the pitcher. Genske claims the Twins are merely trying to avoid giving Liriano major league service time which would prevent him from qualifying for salary arbitration after this season and delay his free agency.

Twins general manager Bill Smith, however, thinks the team is doing just peachy and promises they'll bring him up sometime before the season ends. Heck, the Twins are just 1.5 games behind the White Sox and their offense is actually above average in the American League for the first time in a while. Still, you have to know that Liriano's 97 MPH fastball and wicked slider are better than Livan's 67 MPH fastball and wicked...uh...durability.

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A: Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey and Nick Blackburn.

Q: Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?

I forgot the 'nickgasm' tag again.

Livan Hernandez should be sent to Fergus team or no.
And never heard from again.

But Livan is such a leader to these young pitchers that the Twins need him in the club house.

-pukes on self

Can we put Livan on a makeshift raft and launch him in a southerly direction?

Come on back to DC, Livan!

You'll be the ace. And potentially occupy 3 rotation spots. Your arm can handle it and it'll make the young fella happy.

A. Glen Perkins is a charter inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Over 9 Ks per inning, huh?

Yeah, he's REALLY FUCKING GOOD, but the catcher keeps dropping strike three.

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