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Francisco Liriano Rumors: Twins Scouts Spotted at Blue Jays Class-A Affiliate

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May 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
May 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Twins have had scouts in attendance at the Toronto Blue Jays' Class-A affiliate Lansing Lugnuts games, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.

While the report doesn't mention which game in particular the two scouts were at, it's worth noting that the Lugnuts just ended a three-game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Francisco Liriano's hot streak hit its peak last night, as he struck out a career-high 15 Oakland Athletics hitters over eight innings. Jonny Gomes' grand slam cost Liriano the victory, but surely his sharp stuff impressed any scouts in attendance.

Matt Capps was activated from the disabled list Friday after sitting out with shoulder inflammation. The Twins have 16 games between now and the deadline, plenty of time to prove their veteran closer is healthy.

Both Liriano and Capps will be free agents after the offseason. The Blue Jays' rotation has been ravaged by injuries, and Toronto just lost Luis Perez from the bullpen. I speculated earlier this month that Liriano would be a good fit for the Cardinals, though there have been no specific reports tying the Dominican lefty to St. Louis.

Liriano is 3-8 with a 4.93 ERA and 1.41 WHIP and Capps has a 3.42 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and has converted 14 of his 15 save opportunities

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Should the Blue Jays trade for Liriano and Capps?

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