That was the case again on Friday, as the left-hander looked to be balanced and in control over most of his outing. Although, there were still glimpses at times of his old finish."He still gets there a little bit," Anderson said of Liriano's former motion. "By no means is he going to be a follow-through delivery guy." There is a chance that the motion could get worse as Liriano gets closer to the start of the season. He said again on Friday that he is throwing at just 80 percent and hasn't yet felt like he's "letting it all go." Liriano's numbers didn't appear to show that he was giving it his all. The 24-year-old's fastball topped out at 91 mph, below the 95 mph he was reportedly hitting during his two outings at the Twins Academy in the Dominican Republic last month. But Anderson said that with Liriano still working on his new delivery, it will take some time for him to adjust and gain back that velocity. "He came out after the first inning and said, 'I don't throw hard anymore,'" Anderson said. "And I said, 'No you're throwing hard, easy.' "In the past, [his motion] used to be real violent, and today he was a lot smoother. When you're violent, you think you're really getting after it. But he was smoother so it doesn't feel like it. His velocity was plenty good and pretty good for his first outing." Liriano threw all of his pitches during the outing, and showed pretty strong command of both his fastball and changeup. But he said it's his trademark slider that still needs work. The left-hander threw a total of just five sliders on the day and he said that he hung a few of them. The pitch also appeared to have taken on a look of more of a curveball. It's something that Liriano attributed to his arm motion. "I'm not letting it go right now, so it's starting to look like that," Liriano said. "I'm just a little scared to throw it right now. But it will get better." Liriano is scheduled to pitch again in four days, putting him up for a start on Tuesday when the Twins host the Rays at Hammond Stadium. Despite the fact that Liriano was delayed in his arrival to camp, Anderson said that he expects the pitcher to be ready for a starting job at the end of spring. And following his performance on Friday, he's optimistic about the chances of him leaving camp as part of the Twins rotation. "He's on his way now," Anderson said. "He's in with the rest of the guys. The rest of the starters are getting their second start now and he's on his first. So we still have some time to keep getting him stretched out a bit. "I feel a little better just seeing him on the mound again. I'm sure he feels a little better, too."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less