Plouffe up, Nishioka down in Twins roster shuffle

Despite a four-game losing streak, there's a bit of joy in Twinsville today as the club announced that slugger Trevor Plouffe is off the disabled list. To make room, the struggling Tsuyoshi Nishioka has been sent back to Triple A Rochester.
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