Twins and Pirates End in Tie
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Left-hander Francisco Liriano breezed through his two innings of work on Friday as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins played to a 2-2 tie after nine innings.
Liriano struck out the first four batters he faced. Ryan Sweeney hit a soft liner to second baseman Josh Harrison and John Ryan Murphy grounded out.
The Pirates' likely opening day starter, Liriano called it a day after throwing 23 pitches.
In the first inning, Harrison singled off Twins lefty Tommy Milone and scored on Startling Marte's two-out triple.
The Twins' first hit was Eduardo Nunez's leadoff triple in the fourth off Neftali Feliz. Nunez scored on Kennys Vargas' single.
For the Pirates, Gregory Polanco went 3 for 3 and John Jaso went 2 for 2.