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Liriano tabbed AL Pitcher of the Month

Liriano tabbed AL Pitcher of the Month

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for April.

Liriano was a perfect 3-0 last month while posting a miniscule 0.93 ERA. He was the only starting pitcher in the AL to compile an ERA under 1.00. He also struck out 27 batters. The highlight of the month had to be the 23 scoreless innings Liriano pitched over three shutout performances. The scoreless streak was second in team history to only Johan Santana, who pitched 33 scoreless innings in 2004.

The April award was Liriano's first Pitcher of the Month honor, despite his dominating 2006 season, in which he was selected to the All-Star Game.