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Pavano to start spring training opener

The Twins kick off their 30-game spring training schedule Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays, and Carl Pavano will be the starting pitcher. Sunday's split-squad will feature Francisco Liriano against the Rays and Terry Doyle against the Red Sox.
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The Twins kick off their 30-game spring training schedule Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays, and Carl Pavano will be the starting pitcher. Sunday's split-squad will feature Francisco Liriano against the Rays and Terry Doyle against the Red Sox.

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