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 NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano had an erratic second rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday night.
Liriano, recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2007 season, gave up three runs and five hits in four innings in a loss to Norfolk. Liriano walked three and struck out three.
Liriano threw 88 pitches Tuesday, a few more than he threw for Class A Fort Myers on Thursday.
``I am just trying to get confident,'' Liriano said.
Liriano went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA in 2006 before missing last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
``No one wants to get hurt. There's nothing I can do about it,'' he said. ``I'm just trying to get better and I'm working hard.''
Rochester manager Stan Cliburn said he didn't think Liriano was real sharp.
``He got deep in counts,'' Cliburn said. ``His fastball was good. The only thing good I saw is he's confident in his breaking ball.''
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