Twins 1, White Sox 0

The Chicago White Sox’s early-season futility reached another

low Tuesday night. They couldn’t manage a hit against Minnesota’s

Francisco Liriano, a pitcher who entered the game with a 1-4 record

and 9.13 ERA.

The White Sox were no-hit for the 13th time in franchise history

and for the first time at U.S. Cellular Field.

Chicago failed to take advantage of six walks by Liriano, losing

for the 16th time in 20 games to fall below the Twins for last

place in the AL Central.

Adam Dunn lined out to end the game with a runner on.

”He made some great pitches. Whenever somebody like him is able

to throw three pitches pretty much anytime in the count, you know

you’re in for a tough day,” said Dunn, who is now batting

.157.

”They made some great plays defensively behind him,” he said.

”You hate tipping your hat, but sometimes you have to.”

Dunn had a 3-0 count before Liriano worked it full. Dunn fouled

off a pitch to stay alive and then Matt Tolbert picked off his line

drive to end the game and start the Twins’ celebration.

”As soon as I hit it I saw him and it was right to him. That’s

pretty much the story of the day,” Dunn said.

In his previous start, Liriano lasted three innings in an 8-2

loss to Tampa Bay. The shutout – the first complete game of his

major league career – lowered his ERA for the season to 6.61.

Liriano, 3-0 against the White Sox last season, walked Pierre

leading off the first and Carlos Quentin with one out in the

second, but both were erased on double plays. Chicago put two on in

the fourth, and center fielder Denard Span raced into left-center

to grab Quentin’s long drive.

With two outs in the seventh, third baseman Danny Valencia went

behind the bag and into foul territory to grab Quentin’s hard

hopper and then made a strong throw to first.

Minnesota turned its third double play in the eighth, when

Justin Morneau took an offline throw from second baseman Alexi

Casilla and umpire Paul Emmel called Gordon Beckham out – replays

appeared to show Morneau missed the tag.

”I haven’t looked at replay, but he said he tagged me on the

shoulder,” Beckham said. ”I didn’t feel him tagging me on the

shoulder.”

But Beckham also lauded Liriano’s stuff on another cold night in

Chicago when the game-time temperature was 43.

”Yeah, he was good. And he threw a lot of off-speed stuff,”

Beckham said.

”He kept us off-balance. It’s tough, but you got to tip your

hat. We swung at some bad pitches. I know I swung at a couple bad

ones. We didn’t help ourselves much, but he was very good. He

unfortunately due.”

Edwin Jackson (2-4) lost his fourth straight start despite

allowing six hits in eight innings. Then with Arizona, Jackson

no-hit Tampa Bay last June 26 despite walking eight.

Jackson understood the pressure Liriano was feeling in the final

inning.

”It’s definitely one of those things. One hit away. One hit can

be a great day or one hit can be an almost day,” Jackson said.

”He made his pitches when he needed to. He was great.”

Chicago’s Mark Buehrle has thrown two no-hitters at U.S.

Cellular Field, one a perfect game, and now the White Sox were

feeling what it was like to be on the other end.

”What can you say? Let’s go. Don’t panic. Just go out there and

swing the bat. We had pretty good at-bats. They make a couple of

nice plays,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

”When you throw a no-hitter, everything worked perfectly for

you. Your defense worked. You are pitching well. Everything was

working for him.”

NOTES: Twins DH Jim Thome was put on the 15-day DL with a left

oblique strain, and Minnesota will recall INF Trevor Plouffe from

Triple-A Rochester. … Seven players with batting averages under

.200 started the game – four for the Twins and three for the White

Sox.