Liriano sharp, efficient for Pirates in 2-2 tie vs. Twins

Left-hander Francisco Liriano breezed through his two innings of work on Friday as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins played to a 2-2 tie after nine innings.

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Left-hander Francisco Liriano breezed through his two innings of work on Friday as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins played to a 2-2 tie after nine innings.

Liriano struck out the first four batters he faced. Ryan Sweeney hit a soft liner to second baseman Josh Harrison and John Ryan Murphy grounded out.

The Pirates’ likely opening day starter, Liriano called it a day after throwing 23 pitches.

In the first inning, Harrison singled off Twins lefty Tommy Milone and scored on Startling Marte’s two-out triple.

The Twins’ first hit was Eduardo Nunez’s leadoff triple in the fourth off Neftali Feliz. Nunez scored on Kennys Vargas’ single.

For the Pirates, Gregory Polanco went 3 for 3 and John Jaso went 2 for 2.

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