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Twins Send Struggling Francisco Liriano to the Bullpen

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite being backed by his manager earlier in the week, the Minnesota Twins have sent starting pitcher Francisco Liriano to the bullpen following another poor start.

This move is not expected to be permanent, but more of a way to motivate Liriano to get back to looking like his old self. In each of his last six starts, he's allowed at least four earned runs.

So far this season, he's 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA. He's also seventh in the American League in walks with 19.

Liriano has had trouble resembling the dominant pitcher he was at the beginning of his career. During his rookie season in 2006,  he was 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA.

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