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What Jose Berrios did Thursday was a rare feat in recent Twins history

May 19th, 2017 at 6:45 PM
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One day after the best start of Jose Berrios’ young career, statisticians were still trying to put it in proper context.

Set to turn 23 next weekend, the Twins’ right-hander became the youngest big-league pitcher with at least 10 strikeouts since 2006. Not since Francisco Liriano in 2010 had a Twins starter struck out 11 or more without allowing a run.

That came at home against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 1 in a 4-0 win. Liriano went seven innings, allowing two hits and two walks on 109 pitches while working to catcher Drew Butera, who coincidentally arrived Friday with his current team, the Kansas City Royals, for a weekend series.

Berrios, who lowered his season earned run average to 0.59 with 7 2/3 shutout innings on Thursday night against the Colorado Rockies, has dropped his career ERA through 16 starts to 6.48.

“It was a big-time step-up performance,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “The way he threw the baseball, I wasn’t totally prepared for what he was going to do here. If Jose can fill out that rotation somewhat similarly to …

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