Twins switch plans, Blackburn on DL -- not Doumit

Twins catcher Ryan Doumit was set to go on the disabled list with a pulled calf muscle. But an MRI came back positive, so he’s day-to-day. Starter Nick Blackburn heads to the 15-day DL instead with a strained left quad.
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Twins catcher Ryan Doumit was set to go on the disabled list with a pulled calf muscle. But an MRI came back positive, so he’s day-to-day. Starter Nick Blackburn heads to the 15-day DL instead with a strained left quad.

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