Ill Liriano leaves after 3, no-hitter long gone

Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano’s bid for back-to-back no-hitters has ended quickly – as did his time on the mound.

Liriano was taken out after three innings, giving up four runs, three hits, three walks and throwing 59 pitches on Tuesday against Detroit. He got the first four outs before a walk and a home run by Jhonny Peralta gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

The Twins said Liriano left the game due to illness. His first start after the no-hitter against Chicago a week ago was pushed back because of flulike symptoms and a sore throat.

In the middle of an intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera in the third, Liriano was visited by his pitching coach, manager and athletic trainer. He took a warmup pitch and finished the inning, but Brian Duensing relieved him at the beginning of the next frame.