The Minnesota Twins can’t ask for much more than what they’ve gotten in the first 10 games this season.
With three straight series against playoff contenders the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox, the Twins stand 7-3 heading into Friday’s game against Kansas City.
And what better way to cap that 10-game stretch than with a big performance from Francisco Liriano.
The Twins need big-time production from Liriano, considering their perceived lack of an ace. And on Thursday, that’s just what the pitcher once known as "The Franchise" provided.
Liriano tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits with eight strikeouts and walking just two.
Michael Cuddyer homered for the second straight game for Minnesota in its 8-0 victory.
Outings like Thursday are the reason I’m glad the Twins gave Liriano a chance in the rotation. I know a lot of people want to see him in the bullpen, and they might still be right. But if Liriano can build on his success Thursday against a very good Red Sox team, then he’s going to make a huge difference for the Twins.