Found June 08, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Minnesota Twins have the worst record in the American League, and they have been below .500 since Opening Day. However, outside of Jason Marquis, released from the roster after going 2-4 with an 8.37 ERA, the team's offseason acquisitions have proved to be valuable. Left fielder Josh Willingham leads the team with 11 homers and 39 RBI. Closer Matt Capps, re-signed as a free agent, has converted 14 of 15 save opportunities, giving him one fewer save than he had all last season. Right-hander Jared Burton has been terrific in the bullpen, too, with 26 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. And don't forget shortstop Jamey Carroll. The Twins signed Carroll to a two-year, $6.75 million contract after fielding an anomalously bad infield in 2011, hoping he would be the starting shortstop. Instead, he has played short, third and second, and he's played each position extremely well. Technically without a permanent position, Carroll, 38, is nevertheless an everyday player. Wh...
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