Francisco Liriano Throws First No-Hitter of 2011

Corey HanleyContributor IIIMay 3, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07:  Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 7, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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It's funny how cyclical baseball is.

Edwin Jackson threw a no-hitter last season against the Tampa Bay Rays and now he is on the other end of a no-hitter at the hands of Francisco Liriano.

Liriano was in need of a big win coming into this game. His 9.13 ERA has been a burden on the terrible Twins team. He also has walked as many batters as he has struck out.

With this huge victory, the stuff that has Liriano has been so highly touted for in the past is now getting hitters out. The walks are still there. Liriano's six walks in the game took away perfection and drove his pitch count high into the 120's, but he still managed a win.

Liriano's no-hitter was the 270th in league history. The last no-hitter was thrown by Roy Halladay. The last in the AL was Matt Garza's while he still pitched for the Rays.

This is a big win for both Liriano and the Twins and hopefully, both have turned the corner and will move on to success.