Originally written May 17, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
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When Twins starter Nick Blackburn left Wednesday's game after just two innings, Minnesota's bullpen knew it was in for a long night. On Wednesday in Detroit, Blackburn was gift-wrapped a 5-1 lead in the second inning but gave it all back and left the game with the Twins trailing, 6-5, after two. It was the shortest start of the year for Blackburn, who had "an issue with his thigh," manager Ron Gardenhire said after the game. The two-inning start was Blackburn's shortest outing since he left the game after 1 13 innings on Aug. 21 of last year against New York with an arm injury. After Blackburn's early exit Wednesday, Minnesota's bullpen stepped in and kept the Twins in the game. Five different pitchers came out of the bullpen and combined to allow just one more run over the next seven innings as the Twins beat the Tigers 11-7."The bullpen came in and just did a super job," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Some huge pitches, some huge...
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