After pitching the seventh no-hitter in Twins history, Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano earned American League co-Player of the Week honors, Major League Baseball announced Monday.
The 27-year-old southpaw shared the award with Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who pitched his second career no-hitter just five days later. With the 1-0 win against the White Sox, Liriano became the first Twins hurler to complete the feat since Eric Milton no-hit the Angels on Sept. 11, 1999.
The no-hitter was the first thrown by an opposing pitcher at U.S. Cellular Field. Liriano, an All-Star in 2006, struck out just two and walked six. It was the first complete game and first shutout of the Dominican Republic native's career.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Liriano is the fifth pitcher in the past 30 years to have more walks than strikeouts in a no-hit performance. His lofty ERA of 9.13 through five starts was the second highest of any pitcher (with a minimum of three starts) to throw a no-hitter.
Liriano and Verlander were the first pair to pitch no-hitters within a five-day span since Al Leiter (Marlins) and Dwight Gooden (Yankees) did it in a four-day span in May 1996.