- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

FORT MYERS, FLA. (AP) - Francisco Liriano surrendered his first home run of the spring on Friday, but the Minnesota Twins’ pitcher has not lost his focus on returning to his 2006 form.

Liriano struck out five and walked one in 3 1-3 innings in front of a sellout crowd at Hammond Stadium in a 1-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

“He was still effective,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Very effective.”

Reds righthander Micah Owings, hoping to be the team’s fifth starter, struck out four and gave up no runs and two hits in four innings. He has a 1.23 ERA after four spring starts.

Jonny Gomes, a non-roster invite for the Reds, slugged the homer over the left-field fence in the third inning.

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