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Added March 30th, 2010 by Sooze

Rotations Starting to Take Shape
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We’re hitting the tail end of Spring Training, which means many big league clubs have their rotations set in stone… at least until someone tears a ligament or starts to suck at pitching.

Jamie Moyer was announced as the Philadelphia Phillies fifth starter, beating out Kyle Kendrick for the final rotation spot.  Like Kendrick, who will move to the bullpen, the 47-year-old Moyer has been pretty impressive this Spring.  He has posted a minuscule 0.77 ERA with 12 strikeouts in just 11.2 innings over two starts.  Man, he is old school.

Apparently he’s heading into his 24th major league season healthy as a horse after undergoing three offseason surgeries on his knee, groin and abdomen.
Dontrelle Willis, upon completing his crappiest outing of the Spring, has been named the Detroit Tigers third starter.  With Nate Robertson being shipped off to the Florida Marlins earlier in the day, this move needed little announcement.

So how bad was Willis? Well, he gave up five runs, seven hits and four walks in just 4.1 innings, which manager Jim Leyland called “good.”  Today’s debacle against the Baltimore Orioles lifted his ERA from 1.20 to 3.26.

“I was actually very pleased with it,” Leyland commended. “I was very encouraged.”

Okay then.

Elsewhere in the American league central, Francisco Liriano has declared himself the fifth man, though manager Ron Gardenhire refuses to admit it.   However, Minnesota Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson has confirmed it.

The 26-year-old lefty allowed three hits with eight strikeouts in six shutout innings before announcing to the world that he had been chosen as the club’s fifth starter.  He went on to say that he’s also been informed that he will make his first start of the 2010 season against the White Sox in Chicago on April 9th.

This Spring, Liriano put up a 2-0 record with a 2.70 ERA in six appearances — including five starts — and allowed just five walks over 20 innings with 30 strikeouts.  The team is expected to make an announcement regarding his rotation spot sometime in the near future.

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