Liriano pleased with live batting-practice session

Liriano pleased with live batting-practice session

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Francisco Liriano was pleased after his 35-pitch session in live batting practice on Sunday.

"I'm trying not to overthrow, but I'm also beginning to pick it up a little bit," Liriano said. "I need to get focused more on the batters, so it was good. I'm trying not to make the perfect pitch. Just throw it and not push it."

Liriano, who threw to catcher J.R. Towles, faced Joe Mauer, Brian Dinkelman, Aaron Bates and Sean Burroughs on the main field at Hammond Stadium. During the session, Liriano gave the Twins coaches in attendance a scare when he tried to field a come-back grounder from Dinkelman with his bare left hand.

"I didn't want to field it, but it just happened," said Liriano, who was not hurt on the play.

Jared Burton, Nick Blackburn and Kyle Waldrop also threw live batting practice on the main field with Blackburn teamed up with Towles and Burton and Waldrop teamed up with Mauer as catcher.

Blackburn tossed 46 pitches during his session.

Mauer, who had earlier taken grounders at first base, continued a full day by catching for Burton and Waldrop. Burton, who tossed 31 pitches, faced Ryan Doumit, Denard Span and Ben Revere.

Waldrop, who threw 33 pitches, pitched to Span and Revere.