A week later, Liriano settling in with White Sox


A week later, Liriano settling in with White Sox

Francisco Liriano is finally feeling comfortable wearing a different uniform.

"It feels a little normal," Liriano said Saturday, a week after the White Sox acquired him from Minnesota. "First couple days it feel kind of weird. But now it feels kind of normal, just trying to get to know everybody here and be a part of the team."

The left-hander will make his first home start with the White Sox in Sunday's series finale against the Angels. Liriano threw his no-hitter here, but over the course of his career he's been hit fairly hard on the South Side.

In 48 13 innings at U.S. Cellular Field, Liriano has a 5.77 ERA with nearly as many walks (31) as strikeouts (33). White Sox batters owned a .804 OPS against him over those 11 outings, eight of which were starts.

Still, Liriano said he has a comfort level pitching at U.S. Cellular Field.

"When I go out there I don't think about the stadium," Liriano explained. "I just try to go out there and make my pitches and do my job. Whatever happens, happens. But I like pitching here. I've pitched here so many times. I pitched good games here. So I'll just try to tomorrow and try to do the same thing."

While Liriano is adjusting to his new team, he'll also have to adjust to pitching in a six-man rotation, something he admitted he's never done before in his career. Liriano will pitch on regular rest Sunday, but after that, he'll likely wind up getting an extra day between outings, just like his fellow starters.

"That's the way they do it so there's nothing I can do about it," Liriano said. "Just wait every six day and prepare myself for every sixth day."

Liriano wasn't traded out of the division or league, though, and that could prove beneficial as he adjusts to his new club and rest schedule.

"It's kind of easy for me getting to stay in the same division, facing the same teams," Liriano said. "The only thing is I changed my uniform."

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