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Francisco Liriano Trade: LHP 'Surprised' By Trade To White Sox

Francisco Liriano wasn't surprised by the news that he'd been traded by the Twins, but he didn't anticipate he'd be headed to the Twins' AL Central rivals in Chicago.

"I was really surprised even though I knew something like that was going to happen, but not to the White Sox," Liriano said on a conference call Sunday. "But you know, it is what it is. They're in first place, they believe in me, so hopefully I can go out there and help them win some ballgames.

"I feel like I'm being more consistent than I was before, throwing more strikes, going deeper in games, too. I think I'm playing really well right now and try to take that to the White Sox and hopefully help them win some ballgames."

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Liriano is just 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA in 2012, but he is striking out nearly 10 batters per nine innings.

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