Mike Witt maintained the distinction of being the only pitcher to ever throw a perfect game against the Rangers when he and the Angels did so on September 30, 1984. On Sunday afternoon, Francisco Liriano was perfect through 19 batters. With one out in the seventh inning, Elvis Andrus had his grounder to third base misplayed by Luke Hughes. Thus, perfection ended, but the no-hitter continued.
Matt Harrison has an unpleasant beginning and end to his Sunday start, but for different reasons. He walked two of the first three batters he faced and Luke Hughes delivered a two-out RBI single to left field for a 1-0 Twins lead.
Harrison was efficient thereafter, working five scoreless innings. In the seventh inning, Danny Valencia hit a line drive off Harrison’s upper left arm, forcing the Rangers' starter from the game with a bruised left triceps muscle (x-rays were negative). Recently, he has coped with a blister on his left index finger and a kidney stone.
RHP Mark Lowe entered the game and allowed his second of 16 inherited runners on the season to score this season. He was charged with four runs in an inning that lasted approximately 27 minutes.
Then, Liriano’s no-hitter ended when Adrian Beltre began the top of the eighth inning with a single. Later that inning, Yorvit Torrealba erased the shutout with a RBI single that extended his hiting streak to six games. Liriano’s final line: 8 innings, 2 hits, 1 run (earned), 0 walks, 9 Ks.
*Before the game, the Rangers placed catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli on the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. The Rangers are 13-7 when he catches. Napoli was batting .221 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs. Taylor Teagarden was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. It’s his third stint with the Rangers this season.
*The Rangers are 6-14 when playing on the same days as the Dallas Mavs in this NBA playoff run.
*The Rangers lost three of four at Minnesota. There are six games remaining on this 10-game, 11-day road trip. The Rangers are 1-9 at Target Field.