Minnesota's Anthony Swarzak hadn't made a start since late May, but with the Twins running out of options, the right-hander got the call to start Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tuesday's start originally belonged to right-hander Samuel Deduno, but Deduno was skipped in his final start of the 2012 season due to eye inflammation. Swarzak had made four starts early in the season, but otherwise was used out of the bullpen (39 relief appearances).
After giving up four runs in five innings, Swarzak was hit with the loss as the Twins fell 4-3 to the Blue Jays in the penultimate game of 2012. The four runs allowed by Swarzak came on five Toronto hits. He also walked three batters while striking out two.
Swarzak retired the first six Toronto batters he faced Tuesday, but gave up a leadoff hit to Adeiny Hechavarria in the third inning. Hechavarria pulled the first pitch from Swarzak down the left field line for a double to the corner. He then advanced to third base on a grou...