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Elbow surgery will likely shelve Liriano for '07

Lefthander Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota Twins found out yesterday that he needs Tommy John surgery, a ligament transplant procedure, and will likely miss the 2007 season.

The 23-year-old Liriano met with Dr. Lewis Yocum. The surgery is scheduled for Monday.

Promoted to the rotation in mid-May, Liriano went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 121 innings as a rookie.

Martínez realistic
Pedro Martínez says that if his right shoulder doesn't return to full strength, he would consider retiring. Martínez had surgery Oct. 5 to repair a torn rotator cuff. "To go back I have to recover. I have to be healthy," said Martínez. "But if God doesn't want that, then I would have to think about giving it all up." . . . The Los Angeles Dodgers declined Eric Gagne's $12 million option, making the former NL Cy Young Award winner a free agent . . . Barry Bonds and the Giants have begun talks about a new contract for 2007. "I have had preliminary discussions with the Giants and I believe those discussions will continue," Bonds's agent, Jeff Borris, said.

Maddux golden again
Greg Maddux won his 16th Gold Glove, tying the record shared by pitcher Jim Kaat and third baseman Brooks Robinson. Other winners included San Francisco shortstop Omar Vizquel, Atlanta center fielder Andruw Jones, St. Louis third baseman Scott Rolen, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran, Houston catcher Brad Ausmus, San Diego center fielder Mike Cameron, and Arizona second baseman Orlando Hudson.

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