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The Minnesota Twins have sent struggling starting pitcher Nick Blackburn back to Triple-A Rochester and taken him off their 40-man roster.
The move was made before Monday's game at Oakland. The Twins will replace him on the 25-man roster on Tuesday. Blackburn was scheduled to take the mound on Wednesday against the A's.
After a decent performance over his first two major league seasons, making 33 starts each in 2008 and 2009, Blackburn has regressed since signing a four-year, $14 million contract in 2010.
He has a 7.39 ERA in 19 starts and 143 hits allowed in 98 2-3 innings. The right-hander is making $4.75 million this season and due $5.5 million in 2013.
The Twins also outrighted infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka off their 40-man roster. He'll remain with Rochester.
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The Minnesota Twins have outrighted struggling right-hander Nick Blackburn to Triple-A Rochester. The team will make a corresponding move to fill Blackburns spot on the 25-man roster prior to Tuesdays game in Oakland.
Minnesota also outrighted infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who is currently playing for Rochester. The moves mean that both Blackburn and Nishioka are no longer on the...
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