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White Sox not done making moves

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- With 13 pitchers on their 25-man roster after the trade for left-hander Francisco Liriano on Saturday night, the White Sox will make a player move before they close out their series against the Texas Rangers Sunday night.

Utility man Eduardo Escobar was dealt to the Minnesota Twins along with minor-league lefty Pedro Hernandez for Liriano, leaving the Sox without a backup to shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Ray Olmedo is batting .273 for AAA Charlotte and is probably the best bet, unless the Sox make another deal. Ramirez sat out Saturday with a sore left wrist.

A relief pitcher, perhaps rookie left-hander Leyson Septimo, would be sent down to make room for an infielder.

Liriano was scheduled to pitch for the Twins on Sunday, so he could step into the Sox rotation as soon as Monday at a familiar place -- Target Field in Minneapolis, where the Sox open a three-game series.

Jose Quintana, Jake Peavy and Chris Sale are scheduled for the Minnesota series, but the Sox will likely push one or all of them back as they continue to monitor their starting pitchers' workloads. Sale and Quintana, a rookie, are dealing with the rigors of starting for the first time, and Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber have had recent stints on the disabled list. Peavy, two years removed from major surgery, wouldn't be opposed to an extra day, either.

So the possibility of a six-man rotation, or some form of it as the Sox exercised last season, is a possibility. Pitching coach Don Cooper acknowledged that after the trade was announced Saturday night.

Liriano, 28, has a 4.33 career ERA and a 5.31 ERA this season. After a bad started that earned him a demotion to the bullpen, Liriano has a 3.68 ERA and 79 strikeouts with 29 walks in 66 innings since coming back to the rotation. He had a 15-strikeout game against the A's, and his only bad start since was against the Sox last week when he was shelled for seven earned runs over 2 2/3 innings. He pitched a no-hitter against the Sox at U.S. Cellular Field last season.

"I'm not thrilled with trading him within the division, obviously," Twins general manager Terry Ryan told Twins reporters. "You guys know where we are in the standings."

Liriano is eligible for free agency after the season.

"They know what they're getting, and I know what we're giving up," Ryan said.

The Sox, who made a trade with their division rival since the first time since 1986, know Liriano well.

"You've seen him pitch well, you've seen him throw a no-hitter,'' first baseman Paul Konerko said. "You've seen the other night, too. Hopefully a change of scenery [is good]. Hopefully that will give him a shot of energy and you see that life on his fastball come back and his slider and all that. We'll have to wait and see.

"We have the guru of pitching Don Cooper that I'm sure will put his stamp on him.

"He doesn't need to come in and throw shutouts. We are swinging the bats pretty well and just come in and give us a chance to win. That's all we are looking for.''

The Sox, Blue Jays, Angels and Braves, Cardinals and Orioles were said to be interested in acquiring Liriano before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline.

"They've been interested," Ryan said. "I think it's safe to say that he's thrown pretty well up until the other time, the last outing.

"There were many clubs interested in him, as we talked about. Everybody seems to be looking for pitching."

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