Baker put on DL, Marquis sent to AA

As expected, the Twins optioned Jason Marquis to Class AA New Britain on Wednesday. The right-handed starter hasn't pitched in a game since March 19 because he was taking care of his daughter, who was injured in a bicycle accident. Meanwhile, Scott Baker was officially placed on the 15 day disabled list, retroactive to March 27.
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As expected, the Twins optioned Jason Marquis to Class AA New Britain on Wednesday. The right-handed starter hasn't pitched in a game since March 19 because he was taking care of his daughter, who was injured in a bicycle accident. Meanwhile, Scott Baker was officially placed on the 15 day disabled list, retroactive to March 27.

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