from Fanball newsbreakers:
The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that Francisco Liriano has been pitching very well in Dominican winter ball this offseason.
Our View: "I just got a report that he's throwing the living fire out of the ball down in the Dominican (Republic)," were the words of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "He threw eight innings the other day, and his fastball was 92-to-94 (MPH), and his slider was filthy. That's a really good thing, because he can be the bonus if we can get him on track." Liriano is coming off a monumentally disappointing 2009 season that saw him go 5-13 with a 5.80 ERA in 29 games (24 starts). If he could make a return to the brilliant form he flashed in 2006, it would be a tremendous boost for the small-market Twins.