White Sox acquire LHP Liriano from Twins

July 29, 2012, 3:37 AM

The Chicago White Sox have acquired left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-hander Pedro Hernandez.

The 28-year-old is 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 22 games for the Twins in 2012. Liriano has gone 50-52 with a 4.33 ERA and 788 strikeouts in 156 career games over eight career seasons in the majors, all with Minnesota. Liriano’s 422 strikeouts since the start of the 2010 season rank seventh among AL lefties.

Liriano, a native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, was acquired by the Twins from San Francisco in 2003 with pitchers Boof Bonser and Joe Nathan in return for catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Escobar, 23, is batting .207 with three RBI in 36 games this season with Chicago. The switch-hitting rookie appeared in 22 games at third base, six at second, four at shortstop and one in left field.

Hernandez, 23, has combined to go 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 15 appearances this season between Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte this season. He made his major-league debut for the White Sox in a start on July 18 at Boston, allowing eight runs on 12 hits over 4.0 IP of a losing effort.

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