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Twins sign Burroughs, re-sign Rivera

Sean Burroughs is the newest member of the Minnesota Twins. The free-agent third-baseman signed a minor league deal Wednesday. Minnesota also re-signed catcher Rene Rivera to a minor league deal. Both players received invitations to spring training.
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Sean Burroughs is the newest member of the Minnesota Twins. The free-agent third-baseman signed a minor league deal Wednesday. Minnesota also re-signed catcher Rene Rivera to a minor league deal. Both players received invitations to spring training.

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