Minnesota Twins right-hander Francisco Liriano is moving back to the rotation. After making five relief appearances, Liriano will start on Wednesday against the Oakland A's at Target Field. He will take the spot of righty Anthony Swarzak, who struggled mightily in his previous start and has flu-like symptoms. "I'm just looking forward to the start," Liriano told MLB.com. "I've always been a starter. It's what I want to do, so I'm pretty happy. So I'm looking forward to doing my job and getting better." Liriano went to the bullpen after six bad starts to begin the season. He had a 9.45 ERA in 26 2/3 innings. In relief, he was a little better with a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 innings. Even though Liriano allowed four runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, manager Ron Gardenhire said he was ready to return as a starter. "We liked the way he was handling himself out there, and he needs to get back out there," Gardenhire said. "We need him in our rotation. We can't just keep bouncing around from guy to guy." Liriano said being in the bullpen gave him a chance to work on his pitching mechanics and clear his head. "Mentally and physically I'm fine," he said. "I stayed positive and didn't lose my confidence. So I'm just looking forward to Wednesday and trying to get better at everything."
- Francisco Liriano