CHICAGO (AP) - Francisco Liriano showed his potential five years ago as a rookie All-Star and 12-game winner for the Minnesota Twins. Then came the down time, elbow surgery, a missed season and a struggle to regain his form and his confidence.
A year ago he appeared to have found his way back, winning 14 games and the AL Comeback Player award. But when 2011 started, he was having problems again with control and was 1-4 with a 9.13 ERA. His spot in the rotation was in jeopardy.
Then the left-hander took the mound on a cold Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox and pitched the game of his life, a no-hitter. Now the question: Can he carry that type of effective pitching into the rest of the season?