And the hits keep on coming: Twins scratch Francisco Liriano due to sore shoulder

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After blowing a 5-0 lead and losing to the Angels 6-5 on Friday, the Twins had more bad news for their fans, announcing that Francisco Liriano would be scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to a sore shoulder.

Anthony Swarzak will take his place.

Liriano, who pitched a no-hitter against the White Sox earlier this month, is just 3-5 with a 5.73 ERA this season, though he has turned in quality starts three of his last four times out.  Manager Ron Gardenhire said he hopes Liriano will just miss the one start.

Swarzak lost his one start for the Twins this year, giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Rays last month.  He’s 3-9 with a 6.41 ERA lifetime in 13 starts and two relief appearances for Minnesota.

If Liriano lands on the DL, it will be for the first time since Aug. 2009.  He missed three weeks then with left arm fatigue.  Previously, he sat out the entire 2007 season following Tommy John surgery.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.