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Associated Press, Published March 18 2012

Liriano throws five hitless innings in win

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Francisco Liriano threw five hitless innings Sunday, and the Minnesota Twins allowed just one hit in a 10-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates did not get a hit until Brandon Boggs singled off non-roster invitee Luis Perdomo in the eighth inning. Perdomo was the fourth of five Twins pitchers.

With an exception of one four-run inning in his last spring start, Liriano has not given up a run in his other 12 innings this spring. Liriano went 9-10 with a 5.08 ERA last year despite pitching a no-hitter game against the White Sox.

Pittsburgh Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Presley lf-cf 2 0 0 0 Casilla 2b 3 1 1 1

Chambrs cf 1 0 0 0 Flrmn ph-2b 2 0 0 0

Barmes ss 2 0 0 0 Carroll ss 3 1 2 2

Jons ph-1b 2 0 0 0 Dozier ss 2 1 1 1

Tabata rf 3 0 0 0 Mauer c 3 0 0 1

D.Grovatt rf 0 0 0 0 R.Rivera c 1 1 1 0

McGehee 3b 3 0 0 0 Morneu dh 2 0 0 1

Fryer c 0 0 0 0 Pmle ph-dh 2 0 0 0

Walker 2b 3 0 0 0 Wilighm rf 2 0 0 0

Harrison 2b 0 0 0 0 Dinklmn rf 2 1 1 0

Fox 1b 1 0 0 0 Valenca 3b 3 0 0 0

J.Mercer ss 1 0 0 0 Chang 3b 1 1 1 2

McLouth cf 1 0 0 0 Plouffe lf 4 1 2 1

B.Boggs lf 2 0 1 0 Rever pr-lf 0 1 0 0

McKenry c 2 0 0 0 Bates 1b 3 1 2 0

Alvarz ph-3b 1 0 0 0 Hollimon 1b 1 0 0 0

M.Hague dh 2 0 0 0 Benson cf 3 1 2 1

Nvaro ph-dh 1 0 0 0

Totals 27 0 1 0 Totals 37 10 13 10

Pittsburgh 000 000 000— 0

Minnesota 050 000 50x— 10

LOB—Pittsburgh 2, Minnesota 7. 2B—J.Carroll (1), R.Rivera (1), Dinkelman (2), R.Chang (2). HR—B.Dozier (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Pittsburgh

Morton L,0-1 3 7 5 5 1 2

Meek 1 0 0 0 0 0

J.Cruz 1 0 0 0 0 0

Watson 1 0 0 0 1 0

Leroux Zc 3 4 4 1 0

Ti.Wood Xc 2 1 1 0 0

J.Hughes 1 1 0 0 0 2

Minnesota

Liriano W,1-1 5 0 0 0 1 6

Gray 1 0 0 0 1 0

Deduno 1 0 0 0 0 1

Perdomo 1 1 0 0 0 0

Fien 1 0 0 0 0 3

HBP—by Morton (Morneau). WP—Morton, Ti.Wood 2.

—2:23. A—7,851 (8,100).