07/30/12 8:27 PM ET
Manship returns with confidence in changeup
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Manship had been pitching well for the Red Wings, posting a 1.45 ERA over his last six starts since being optioned on June 27 after struggling with the Twins. He had a 10.97 ERA in 10 2/3 innings in Minnesota but said his impressive stretch with Rochester helped him figure out what he was doing wrong.
"It helped a lot knowing that I have confidence in all four pitches now," Manship said. "I kind of got away from that when I was here. I threw a lot of changeups down there and got real comfortable with that pitch. It's kind of a difference-maker for me when I establish that and throw strikes with it."
Manship is expected to pitch in a long-relief role with left-hander Brian Duensing set to stick in the rotation after an impressive outing against the Indians on Sunday. He said he's been working on keeping the ball down in the zone after serving up four homers in eight apeparances with the Twins.
"I think attacking the zone and getting ahead, I kind of got away from that a little bit," Manship said. "I think I was trying too hard when I was here. That's what they told me. I was pressing too hard to make that perfect pitch. I think when I went down there it was more about keeping it low."
'Weird' feeling for Liriano in new uni, clubhouse
MINNEAPOLIS -- Francisco Liriano admitted it was strange heading to the visiting clubhouse and wearing White Sox gear on Monday for the first time since he was traded for prospects Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Hernandez late Saturday night.
The left-hander is slated to make his first start for Chicago against his former club on Tuesday and said he's trying not to think too much about it just yet.
"Everything feels weird," said Liriano, who found out about the trade while he was in bed Saturday night. "I feel weird. It's kind of surprising. Mostly I just feel real weird."
Liriano met with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire before heading to the White Sox clubhouse and Gardenhire said he'll miss Liriano, who pitched seven seasons for the Twins dating back to 2005.
"It's not fun," Gardenhire said. "I have lot of respect for him and you develop relationships with these guys and they're like your kids. He was a hard worker and one of the most polite guys you'll ever meet in your life. He spent a lot of time in this organization and was always accountable. So it wasn't fun. It was more strange to tell you truth."
Liriano, who is set to be a free agent after the season, said he expected to be traded but was surprised to be traded to the division-rival White Sox. He also said he had no ill will toward the Twins, who never approached him about a contract extension.
"It didn't bother me at all," Liriano said. "To be honest, I think about it sometimes but everybody is different. I know I wasn't very consistent pitching and I was hurt and wasn't pitching that good. So it didn't bother me at all."
Interest in Twins' players adds fuel to rumors
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins made their first trade as sellers late Saturday night, when they sent left-hander Francisco Liriano to the White Sox for infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-hander Pedro Hernandez.
But it might not be their only trade before Tuesday's Trade Deadline, as clubs have interest in first baseman Justin Morneau and outfielders Denard Span and Josh Willingham.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan wouldn't rule out another trade but wouldn't say how likely it'll be that he'll make another move before the 3 p.m. CT Deadline.
"There's a lot of volume the last couple days," Ryan said. "There's a lot of talks but whether or not it comes to anything I don't know."
Unlike Liriano, who is a free agent after the season, Span, Willingham and Morneau are all signed past this year, so the Twins will be looking for a bigger return if they deal any of the three.
Span, who was also the subject of trade rumors last season, said he's trying not to get too worked up before the Deadline.
"I'd be lying to you If I tell you I don't think about it or it's not on my mind," Span said. "You can't control it. You just hope you can make it through the Trade Deadline. Either way, whatever happens, I'll take it in stride."
Morneau, who is owed $14 million next year, is taking the same approach as Span and indicated he'd like to stay in Minnesota.
"It's out of my control, so whatever happens, happens," Morneau said. "Obviously I'm here, I'm part of this team. I enjoy playing here, this is where I want to be. Outside of that, I can't really control much."