Sunday, July 29, 2012

White Sox acquire Francisco Liriano

Associated Press

The White Sox have made a move to stay on top of the AL Central, acquiring left-hander Francisco Liriano from Minnesota on Saturday night.

The Twins will receive infielder Eduardo Escobar and lefty prospect Pedro Hernandez. The White Sox tweeted the news after the Twins beat Cleveland and Chicago won in Texas.

An All-Star in 2006, Liriano was expected to be one of the Twins' top starters before undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery later that same year.

His career since has been plagued by inconsistency and injury.

He pitched a no-hitter last year against the White Sox but was 9-10 with a 5.09 ERA for 2011.

Crawford considers surgery: Carl Crawford was out of Boston's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees and said his balky elbow might need ligament-replacement surgery. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the team's medical staff had told him not to start Crawford more than four days in a row, but Crawford appeared in six straight games when he returned.

"I did a manager no-no thing and went against what I was told to do. Never to be done again," Valentine said.

No date for Bautista's return: Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista is not expected to return immediately when his time on the 15-day disabled list concludes Wednesday. He swung the bat Saturday for the first time since injuring his wrist.

Braves juggle rotation: Kris Medlen is moving into Atlanta's rotation and will start Tuesday against the Marlins. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Medlen is replacing Jair Jurrjens in the rotation unless the team adds a starting pitcher through a trade before Tuesday.


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