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Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano admits to bizarre injury 02.12.13 at 1:03 pm ET
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Francisco Liriano recently agreed to a one-year deal deal with the Pirates with a team option for 2014. It could have been a two-year contract, if not for breaking his right arm around Christmas time in a freak accident.

Initially, a few weeks ago, a Dominican newspaper reported that Liriano fractured his right arm after slipping and falling in the bathroom. That would be a strange enough injury, but as Joba Chamberlain knows, that type of injury is only “childs play” compared to what really happened.

According to reports Monday, Liriano said he actually injured his arm while intentionally slamming it into a door on Christmas Day in an attempt to scare his children in the room next door.

“I was surprised when I got to the hospital and they told me it was broken,” Liriano said.

The situation could have been worse in that Liriano is a left-handed pitcher, and because the injury occurred on his non-throwing arm, he was able to salvage a one-year deal. Liriano is a pitcher who has showed flashes of brilliance, but due to numerous injuries, his career has been a disappointment.

The 29-year-old burst onto the scene in 2006 with the Twins, going 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 121 innings pitched. He missed all of the 2007 season and parts of 2008, before a poor 2009 season. Liriano had a good comeback year in 2010 (14-10, 3.62 ERA), before more inconsistencies during the past two seasons.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick says Osama bin Laden ‘deserved every bit of it’ 05.05.11 at 7:47 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ While Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was apologizing and clarifying his comments criticizing people for celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick offered his input Wednesday. “It was about time,” Vick told Virginia Beach radio station The Game. “What he so-called did to our people, took so many innocent lives. Hey, he deserved every bit of it.”

‘™¦ Francisco Liriano had the highest season ERA (9.13) for any pitcher throwing a no-hitter, and when he spun his gem Tuesday night, he allowed six walks while striking out only two. Real Clear Sports looks at where this game ranks on the list of worst no-hitters ever.

‘™¦ In a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert, the U.S. Department of Justice questioned why major college football does not have a playoff and noted that there are “serious questions” about the Bowl Championship Series violating federal anti-trust laws. At Yahoo! Sports, Dan Wetzel writes that this may be the impetus to end the BCS. However, in The Los Angeles Times, Chris Dufresne writes that the government should stay out of this issue.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 5, 1969, the Celtics won their 11th championship in 14 seasons with a 108-106 victory over the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA finals. Which two Celtics greats played their final game that day?

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