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Associated Press, Published March 13 2012

Liriano hit hard as Twins fall to Blue Jays

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Francisco Liriano’s fast spring start slowed Tuesday when the Toronto Blue Jays scored four runs off him in the third inning and beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2.

The streaky lefty, who pitched a no-hitter last year while going 9-10, struck out five. But Toronto’s Travis Snyder and Travis d’Arnaud hit consecutive two-run doubles off the right-field fence against Liriano.

Toronto Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

R.Davis cf 3 0 0 0 Mastoini cf 3 0 0 0

Gose ph-cf 2 0 0 0 Benson cf 1 0 0 0

Snider lf 4 1 1 2 Carroll ss 2 0 0 0

D.Perales lf 1 0 0 0 Florimn ss 0 0 0 0

d’Arnaud c 4 0 1 2 Mauer c 3 1 2 0

A.Burns 3b 0 0 0 0 Rohlfing c 1 0 0 0

Thames dh 4 1 1 0 Morneau 1b 3 0 0 0

Cooper 1b 3 1 1 1 Bates 1b 1 0 0 0

McDade 1b 1 0 1 0 Wilnghm rf 1 1 0 0

M.Sierra rf 3 1 1 0 Carson lf 1 0 0 0

J.Marisick rf 1 0 0 0 Valencia 3b 3 0 0 0

Hehvaria ss 3 2 2 1 Hollimon 3b 1 0 0 0

Valbuena ss 1 0 0 0 Plouffe lf 3 0 1 1

McCoy 3b 2 1 0 0 O.Arcia rf 1 0 0 0

Y.Gomes c 1 0 0 0 Pearce dh 2 0 1 1

J.Diaz 2b 3 1 2 1 Dikln ph-dh 2 0 0 0

Gotay 2b 1 0 1 0 Hughes 2b 3 0 1 0

Totals 37 8 11 7 Totals 31 2 5 2

Toronto 004 004 000— 8

Minnesota 000 200 000— 2

E—Morneau (2). DP—Toronto 1, Minnesota 1. LOB—Toronto 3, Minnesota 6. 2B—Snider (2), T.d’Arnaud (2), Cooper (3), A.Hechavarria (2).

IP H R ER BB SO

Toronto

Cecil W,2-0 3 1 0 0 2 2

VandenHurk 2 4 2 2 1 2

E.Crawford 2 0 0 0 0 2

L.Perez 1 0 0 0 1 1

Coello 1 0 0 0 0 2

Minnesota

Liriano L,0-1 3 4 4 4 0 5

Waldrop 1 0 0 0 0 1

Burton 1 0 0 0 0 2

Al.Burnett Xc 5 4 4 0 1

Maloney 1Zc 0 0 0 0 3

D.Guerra 1 1 0 0 0 0

Diamond 1 1 0 0 0 1

HBP—by Liriano (McCoy). Balk—Al.Burnett.

A—8,285 (8,100).