Former Tigers starting pitcher announces retirement
Francisco Liriano, who pitched for parts of 14 seasons in the big leagues, has formally announced his retirement. Liriano pitched one season for the Detroit Tigers, posting a 4.58 ERA in 133 2/3 innings in 2018, but Tigers’ fans might be more likely to remember him for his many starts against the Tigers while pitching for division rival Minnesota. Liriano burst onto the scene with an outstanding rookie season in 2006 for the first-place Twins. Liriano, a native of the Dominican Republic, finishes his career with a 112-114 record and 4.15 ERA in 1,813 innings pitched. He struck out 1,815 batters, making him one of only 10 pitchers in the divisional era (1969-present) to strike out more than a batter per inning (minimum 1,500 innings pitched).mlive.com
Ex-Tigers lefty going back to Blue Jays
Francisco Liriano is going back to Toronto on a minor-league deal. The left-handed pitcher spent parts of the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Blue Jays before joining the Detroit Tigers in 2018. Now 37 years old, Liriano wasn’t in the market for a big-league deal, but he remains well-respected in the game and will earn $1.5 million if he makes the Blue Jays’ roster. Ross signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants after sitting out the 2020 season. Fiers, 35, has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons with the Oakland Athletics and is currently a free agent.mlive.com
Maeda takes no-hitter through 7 for Twins vs. Brewers
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda has a no-hitter through seven innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night, setting the club record with eight consecutive strikeouts in the process. Maeda fanned Ben Gamel to finish the fifth for his eighth straight punchout, passing Jim Merritt (1966) and Francisco Liriano (2010), who both fanned seven batters in a row for the Twins. The major league record is 10 consecutive strikeouts, set by Tom Seaver for the New York Mets in 1970. The 32-year-old got two more groundouts by the Brewers to cruise through the inning and retired his 20th straight batter, Justin Smoak, with a strikeout to finish the seventh. Maeda is in his first season with Minnesota, which acquired him this winter from the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol.
Fans see 1st Nats exho from balcony; Harper HRs off Scherzer
People watch from balconies of a building across the street during an exhibition baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Washington. Seems like every day theres a challenge, said Scherzer, the three-time Cy Young Award winner who gave up three-run shots to old friend Bryce Harper and mask-wearing Didi Gregorius in Washingtons 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The energy in the stadium thats usually there, isnt there, per se, Nationals shortstop Trea Turner said. Normally, you pull up and theres a good amount of fans there, Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor said after taking pregame batting practice. I got beat around a little bit, but thats good, Scherzer said.
Robles works out with Nats, Tigers tab Boyd opening starter
The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals are happy to have their starting center fielder finally in camp and the Detroit Tigers have named their opening day starter. Teams around the league were beginning to make their final preparations Sunday for the start of the abbreviated baseball season. It was definitely very difficult, the fact that I really wasnt able to work much on my swing, Robles said through an interpreter. Pitcher Anthony Bass said Sunday the players have told general manager Ross Atkins theyd prefer to play in a big league stadium if possible. So have Milwaukee first baseman Logan Morrison, Cincinnati pitcher Nate Jones, Tampa Bay pitcher Aaron Loup and New York Yankees pitcher Luis Aviln.