- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

BRADENTON, FLA. (AP) - Francisco Liriano was about as confused as he was wild.

After dominating batters for much of spring training, Liriano walked four and allowed two runs in the Minnesota Twins’ 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

Liriano had walked just one batter and struck out 10 in two previous outings this spring training before the second.

In the inning, Adam LaRoche singled then Liriano walked LaRoche’s brother Andy and Neil Walker to load the bases with no outs. He then got two groundouts _ one a double play following an error _ to escape having given up two runs, one earned.

Matt Tolbert and Delmon Young homered off Pirates starter Zach Duke. Anderson Machado singled in the winning run.

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