White Sox acquire Twins lefty Liriano

Looking to bolster their starting rotation, the White Sox on Saturday acquired LHP Francisco Liriano from the Twins for SS Eduardo Escobar and LHP Pedro Hernandez.

Liriano, 28, is 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA this season. He was demoted to the bullpen in mid May after his ERA had ballooned to 9.45 through seven starts. Since his return to the rotation, he has a 3.68 ERA in 11 starts, and opponents have hit .190 off him.

Liriano, who pitched a no-hitter against the White Sox on May 3, 2011, is 50-52 with a 4.33 ERA in eight seasons. He has teased with his ability for years, alternating good to excellent seasons — such as 2010, when he posted a 3.62 ERA in a career-best 31 starts — with mediocre ones, such as last season when his ERA soared to 5.09.

Escobar, 23, batted .207 with three RBIs in 36 games this season with the White Sox. Hernandez, 23, is a combined 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

CRAWFORD RESTS: LF Carl Crawford was out of Boston's starting lineup against the Yankees and said his balky elbow might need ligament-replacement surgery.

After missing the first half of the season because of left wrist and elbow injuries, the former Rays All-Star returned July 16.

Manager Bobby Valentine said the team's medical staff had told him not to start Crawford more than four days in a row.

Crawford appeared in six straight when he returned.

"I did a manager no-no thing and went against what I was told to do. Never to be done again," Valentine said. "I kind of did the old veto power."

Crawford, 30, anticipates he will need elbow surgery at some point. "I figure one day it'll blow out, and when that happens, time to go," he said. "The later I wait to get it done, the more time I'm going to miss."

HAMILTON SITS: Slumping Rangers OF Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup because manager Ron Washington wanted to give him a mental break. The rest came one day after Hamilton, batting .145 in July, was booed by his home fans after striking out twice against White Sox LHP Chris Sale.

A'S PURSUING CATCHER: Oakland was close to acquiring C George Kottaras from the Brewers, according to several reports. The trade likely won't be completed for a day or two, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

BLUE JAYS: OF Jose Bautista is not expected to return immediately when his 15-day disabled list stint ends Wednesday. He swung a bat for the first time since injuring his left wrist July 16.

BRAVES: RHP Kris Medlen will move into the rotation and start Tuesday against the Marlins. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Medlen will replace RHP Jair Jurrjens unless the team adds a starting pitcher before Tuesday.

DODGERS: LHP Ted Lilly, out since May 23 with left shoulder inflammation, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment today at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

GIANTS: Marco Scutaro arrived at the clubhouse two hours before gametime and was immediately put in the lineup at third base and batting seventh. The NL West leaders also activated former Rays INF Aubrey Huff from the disabled list. To make room on the roster, 3B Pablo Sandoval went on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain and INF Emmanuel Burriss was designated for assignment.

MARLINS: RF Giancarlo Stanton, who had arthroscopic right knee surgery July 8, is expected to begin a minor-league rehab Wednesday at Class A Jupiter.

NATIONALS: CF Bryce Harper was scratched from the lineup because of a stomach virus.

ROYALS: 3B Mike Moustakas sprained his right knee while diving for a grounder. He is day to day.

White Sox acquire Twins lefty Liriano 07/29/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 29, 2012 1:13am]

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