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Twins Sign Deduno, Vaszquez; Pursue James Shields

The Twins signed right-handed starting pitchers Sam Deduno and Esmerling Vasquez to minor league contracts. The 29-year old Deduno was 6-5 with a 4.44 ERA for the Twins in 2012. The 28-year old Vasquez was 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA for the Twins in 2012. Both players are expected to compete for a starting spot in the Twins rotation this spring.

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Yankees, C.C. Sabathia Down Twins 8-2

The Twins lost 8-2 to the New York Yankees Wednesday in the final game of the 3-game series. Sam Deduno left the game after 1 2/3 innings with eye irritation. Deduno had no hits and no runs allowed with 2 strikeouts. Alexi Casilla 2 hits and both Matt Carson and Pedro Florimon had 1 hit and 1 RBI. Chris Dickerson hit a 2-run homerun and C.C. Sabathia threw 8 innings with 2 earned runs allowed to get the win. Sabathia had 10 strikeouts.

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Twins, Deduno Top Cleveland 7-2

The Twins won their 3rd straight game against Cleveland 7-2 Monday night to win the series 3 games to 1. Sam Deduno threw 7 innings with 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 earned runs allowed to get the win and improve to 6-3. Pedro Florimon went 2-4 with with a double and a triple, 2 runs scored and 1 RBI, Joe Mauer was 2-4 with 1 RBI and Ryan Doumit hit a solo homerun for the Twins.

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White Sox Down Twins 4-2

The Twins lost 4-2 in Chicago to the White Sox Monday night. Gordon Beckham went 2-4 with a 2-run homerun and 3 RBIs to lead the White Sox. Jamey Carroll was 2-3 with a solo homerun, his first as a Twin. The 38-year old Carroll now has 13 homeruns in his career. Justin Morneau had a RBI single for the Twins. Chris Parmelee went 2-4 for Minnesota. Sam Deduno threw 6 innings with 2 earned runs allowed to take the loss and drop to 5-3.

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Twins, Deduno Blank Mariners 10-0

The Twins blanked the Seattle Mariners 10-0 at Target Field Wednesday night. Sam Deduno threw 7 shutout innings with just 2 hits allowed to get the win and improve to 5-2. Deduno struckout a career high 9 and allowed no walks. Trevor Plouffe was 2-4 with a 2-run homerun and 4 RBIs, Josh Willingham was 2-3 with a solo homerun and 2 RBIs and Joe Mauer was 3-5 with a triple and 2 RBIs. Plouffe's homerun was his 20th this year while Willingham hit his 32nd.

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Mariners Complete Sweep of Twins 5-1

The Twins lost 5-1 at Seattle Sunday and were swept away in the 3-game series. The Twins have lost 5 straight games. Blake Beavan threw 5 1/3 innings with 7 hits and 1 earned runs to get the win and Sam Deduno allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs allowed to take the loss. Deduno also walked 6. Trevor Plouffe drove in the lone Twins' run with a sacrifice fly and Ryan Doumit had 2 hits for Minnesota.

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Twins Rout Tigers 9-3 to End Skid

The Twins defeated Detroit 9-3 Monday night to end their 4-game losing streak. Darin Mastroianni went 3-5 with a homerun and 3 RBIs, Ryan Doumit was 3-4 with 2 runs scored including a 3-run homerun and both Joe Mauer and Jamey Carroll added 3 hits apiece. Sam Deduno threw 7 innings with 5 hits and 3 earned runs allowed to get the win and improve to 4-0.

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Twins, Deduno Blank Red Sox 5-0

The Twins blanked Boston 5-0 behind a solid performance by Sam Deduno. Deduno threw 6 shutout innings with 2 hits and 4 walks allowed to get the win and improve to 3-0. Glen Perkins threw 2 scoreless inning of relief to get the save, his 6th. Brian Dozier went 3-4 with a 2-run homerun and 2 runs scored and Justin Morneau went 2-4 with a run scored and Ryan Doumit went 1-3 with 1 RBI.

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Twins Rout Indians Again 12-5

The Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians 12-5 at home Saturday night after beating Cleveland 11-0 Friday night. Alexi Casilla was 2-4 with 4 RBIs, Ben Revere was 3-5 with 2 RBIs and Josh Willingham hit a 2-run homerun, his 27th. Sam Deduno allowed 5 walks, 2 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings to get the win. He had 6 strikeots and is now 2-0 this season.

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Twins, Doumit Edge Royals 7-5

The Twins won 7-5 at Kansas City Sunday afternoon. Ryan Doumit was 3-4 with 2 homeruns and 4 RBIs to lead the Twins. He hit homeruns from both sides of the plate. He is the 3rd Twin to do that, Roy Smalley and Chili Davis were the others. Jamey Carroll was 2-3 with 2 runs scored and Denard Span returned to the lineup and was 1-5 with 1 RBI. Span left Saturday's game early with dizziness.

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