Linked: Defending Liriano and Beyond

Tuesday night offered baseball fans many spectacular events, none more impressive then Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter.  While Liriano will be remembered for throwing the first no-no of the 2011 season, the Twins defense deserves some credit as well.

Though one was controversial, the team was able to account for three double plays.  Danny Valencia did his part while manning the hot corner, robbing Carlos Quentin of a base hit.  First baseman Matt Tolbert also got in on the action making this tough scoop to keep the no-no intact.

Believe it or not there were other baseball games played last night.  Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds provided perhaps the best clip of the evening, making this acrobatic playJoey Votto was certainly impressed.

The Phillies welcomed Jayson Werth back to Citizen’s Bank Park Tuesday night.  Fans initially showered Werth with boos until the slugger tipped his cap to the crowd, causing the 40,000+ to turn back into the Stadium of Brotherly Love.  Placido Polanco was not as kind to his former teammate, taking a hit away from Werth in the 4th inning of last night’s game.

Evan Longoria’s return was the talk of Tampa Tuesday, but attention quickly turned to B.J. Upton and his walk-off shot against the Blue Jays.

Tags: B.J. Upton Brandon Phillips Danny Valencia Evan Longoria Francisco Liriano Jayson Werth Matt Tolbert Minnesota Twins Philadelphia Phillies Placido Polanco Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays

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