Nick Blackburn will try to bounce back from getting drilled by the Red Sox last week, when he gave up five runs in just three innings. Tonight, he’s on the hill in Los Angeles, still looking for his first win of the season. The Twins are on a six-game West Coast road trip.
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Blackburn returns, with confidence
The disabled list behind him, Nick Blackburn returns to the Twins starting rotation tonight in Kansas City. Blackburn is coming back from a quad injury. He tells the Pioneer Press he’s confident and ready to start. While Blackburn was sharp in spring training, he’s had a rough year so far, compiling a 1-4 record over seven starts.
Blackburn, Twins aim to complete sweep at Fenway
The Minnesota Twins have a chance to complete a four-game sweep against the Boston Red Sox for the first time in 21 years Sunday afternoon. Joe Mauer's three-run homer in the ninth inning helped the the Twins secure a thrilling 6-4 victory Saturday night. Minnesota will send Nick Blackburn to the hill for the series finale.
Blackburn on track to start Tuesday
Nick Blackburn threw another bullpen session Friday and felt great afterward. That means the right-hander will likely rejoin the Twins’ rotation on Tuesday. If he does it will likely push Anthony Swarzak back into the bullpen. Swarzak was roughed up by the Yankees Thursday night.
Twins knock three homers, Blackburn sharp in win over Yankees
The Twins had hit only three home runs in their first nine spring training games. They equaled that in one afternoon as Danny Valencia, Joe Benson, and Mike Holliman went long. Nick Blackburn's three shutout innings got the job done against New York's split squad.
Twins examine options for struggling Blackburn
Trying to figure out a solution for struggling pitcher Nick Blackburn, the Twins are reportedly weighing options for the righthander, including a trip to Class AAA Rochester, having him skip a start or moving him to the bullpen. Blackburn, who hasn't won since June 22, lost to the Seattle Mariners Friday night to drop his record to 4-9.
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