Liriano, Tyner Get Promotions

Francisco Liriano and Jason Tyner were both added to the Minnesota Twins roster on Thursday, as the Twins try to make another push at the playoffs. Liriano is a top-flight pitching prospect, who is finally getting the shot he deserves. Tyner, who has spent parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues, will be a ultility outfielder for the Twins. Congratulations to both players on a well-deserved promotion.

Francisco Liriano and Jason Tyner were promoted to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, as the big league team expanded their roster for the playoff push. It will be Liriano's first taste of the big leagues, and he will be a much anticipated draw. For Tyner, he has been there before, and even had some decent years on Tampa Bay.

Liriano has been the best pitcher in Triple-A since his promotion from Double-A New Britain. He has started 14 games, won nine of them, and has posted a 1.78 ERA. He has struck out 112 batters in 91 innings of work, and was recently named International League Rookie of the Year.

The 21-year old lefty started the season in New Britain, and wasn't quite as dominant as he has been in Triple-A. He did strike out 92 batters in 76.2 innings, giving him a combined mark of 204, the highest total in the entire Minor Leagues.

Tyner has been the most consistent bat in the Red Wings' lineup this season, and was more than deserving of the promotion. In 133 games, he has batted .286, and has 18 stolen bases. He also leads the team with 150 hits, and 80 runs.

Tyner was a first round pick of the New York Mets in 1998. He went on to play for New York in 2000, before being traded to Tampa Bay. He played in the bigs for parts of four seasons with the Devil Rays, and posted a respectable .280 average in 105 games in 2001.

Tyner's role will be as a utility outfielder and a pinch-runner, while Liriano could make his first big league start in September.

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