Liriano a 'pleasure' for Gardenhire to manage

Liriano a 'pleasure' for Gardenhire to manage

CHICAGO -- This series is the first time Minnesota has seen former Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano since he pitched against his former team three days after being dealt to the White Sox in late July.

And although the lefty won't oppose his former teammates this time around, manager Ron Gardenhire admitted it was still weird seeing him in White Sox pinstripes during Monday's opener.

"Looking over in the dugout last night, I saw him down there at the end of the dugout and that's kind of a weird thing, to tell you the truth," Gardenhire said.

Liriano, 28, went 50-52 with a 4.33 ERA in parts of seven seasons with Minnesota and Gardenhire said the lefty is missed.

"I liked Frankie a lot. He's fun to have out and around here and fun as a teammate," Gardenhire said. "I do miss him an awful lot. He was a pleasure for me. He was stand-up guy over here, was accountable."