Twins' Francisco Liriano Throws No-Hitter
Minnesota pitcher shuts out Chicago White Sox
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2011 9:37 PM CDT
Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano delivers during the sixth inning.   (Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – Francisco Liriano pitched the major league's first no-hitter of the season, throwing his first career complete game in the Minnesota Twins' 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox tonight. Liriano (2-4) walked six and struck out two, throwing 123 pitches in the 95th major league start for the 27-year-old left-hander.

"I can't explain it. I feel so nervous and so happy right now," Liriano said. "I can't explain my feeling right now." Liriano threw just 66 of 123 pitches for strikes but kept Chicago off-balance in a game that took just 2 hours, 9 minutes. In his previous start, he lasted just three innings in an 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay. The shutout lowered his ERA for the season to 6.61.