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Blackburn returns to face Boston's Josh Beckett

Nick Blackburn returns to the Twins rotation tonight against the Boston Red Sox. He missed his last start with a sore shoulder. He’s up against Josh Beckett, who has yet to pitch at Target Field.
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Nick Blackburn returns to the Twins rotation tonight against the Boston Red Sox. He missed his last start with a sore shoulder. He’s up against Josh Beckett, who has yet to pitch at Target Field.

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