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GM Williams: Liriano 'excited' to join White Sox

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The White Sox acquired left-handed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night in exchange for infielder Eduardo Escobar and minor-league left-hander Pedro Hernandez.

Liriano, who pitched a no-hitter against the Sox last season, will move into the rotation.

Liriano, 28, is 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA over 100 innings with 109 strikeouts in 22 games for the Twins in 2012. He ranks third in the American League in strikeouts per nine innings with 9.81 and has limited lefties to a .195 average. He lost his last start on July 23 against the Sox, allowing seven runs over 2 2/3 innings after posting a 2.84 ERA with 77 strikeouts in his previous 10 outings.

"We have working the phones for weeks trying make the team as strong and as resilient as possible for the stretch run,'' general manager Ken Williams said. "Due to circumstances we thought bringing in another starter was imperative to combat the two-month grind ahead and hopefully beyond. In talking to Liriano, he is excited and motivated to get after it and join us for this run.''

Robin Ventura didn't specify plans for Liriano, except to say he'll be in the rotation. Pitching coach Don Cooper didn't rule out the possibility of Liriano fitting in as a sixth starter.

"That's certainly a possibility,'' Cooper said. "It's all a possibility and we haven't gotten there yet.

"It's a nice addition, obviously. A guy who has had some success. Good arm, left-hander, all of those things. And he has got experience. So where to plug him in, where we do and all of those things are yet to be talked about.''

"I've played with Franky and he's a great teammate,'' said Sox pitcher Philip Humber, who pitched six strong innings in the Sox' 5-2 victory against the Rangers. "He's one of those guys who makes the guys around him better by the way he works hard. Everyone knows he has got great stuff.''

Escobar played shortstop for the Sox Saturday night, hitting two doubles.

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"he's a great teammate,'' said Sox pitcher Philip Humber," ????? LOL!!! Liriano is a fruit basket upset. Just wait till the hot dog vendor runs out of mustard in the 2nd inning and Frankie walks the bases full because it upsets him so much. Yeah, right Phil... he's a GREAT teammate if you are in line to replace him.

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