DETROIT -- Francisco Liriano exited Saturday's 11-1 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park with neck tightness after struggling to find the strike zone over two-plus innings.
Liriano worked a nine-pitch first inning, yielding a solo homer to Nicholas Castellanos. He ran into difficulty in the second when a two-out rally resulted in a run. Then in the third, he walked three straight on 15 pitches to load the bases for J.D. Martinez, prompting catcher Russell Martin to visit him at the mound.
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Two pitches later, Liriano was taken out by manager John Gibbons and trainer George Poulis, and he was replaced by Mike Bolsinger. Liriano threw 17 pitches (two strikes) in the third without recording an out.
All three third-inning walks came around to score on Bolsinger, causing Liriano to finish with three hits and five runs allowed, as well as four walks and two strikeouts. His 52 pitches were his fewest in a game since his first start of the season. Saturday's outing was his shortest since he went two-plus innings on May 10 against Cleveland, allowing seven earned runs in a no-decision.
Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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