Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Minnesota Twins, 8-2

Francisco Liriano's starts have followed a disturbing pattern this season.

First time through the order, opponents are batting .182. Second time, that number swells to .346.

Hitters seem more comfortable against the once-dominant lefthander the more they see him. Consider Liriano's ERA by inning: first, 0.00; second, 3.21; third, 7.71; fourth, 12.21.

Those trends continued Wednesday night, as Liriano cruised through the first two innings before hitting two speed b...

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and two fellow assistants watched from the Metrodome field as the Twins took batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire introduced them to Joe Mauer, joking that they can't have him to play quarterback, no matter what Brett Favre decides.

Mauer left football behind after leaving Cretin-Derham Hall. He's busy enough these days holding himself to huge standards as a hitter and ...