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Twins Get Capps From Nationals

The Twins acquired All-Star closer Matt Capps from the Nationals late Thursday night for prized catching prospect Wilson Ramos and minor league left-hander Joe Testa.

The Twins also received cash considerations in the deal.

Via AP

Twins, Dodgers Active On Acquiring Lilly

The Twins and Dodgers remain active on acquiring Ted Lilly, the Mets and Tigers are on the periphery and other teams could enter the mix.

The Twins are on Lilly?s no-trade list; he would need to be compensated in some form to approve a deal, sources say.

Via FoxSports

Twins Move Blackburn To Bullpen Temporarily

The Twins are moving struggling right-hander Nick Blackburn to the bullpen temporarily.

Left-hander Brian Duensing will take his place in the rotation.

Acting manager Scott Ullger insisted the move is temporary and made to give Blackburn a mental break. Duensing will start Friday at Baltimore.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was not at the ballpark, tending to a family matter.

"It's not a permanent thing. It's just to give Blackie a chance to take a step back, take a deep breath and regroup a little bit," Ullger said.


Twins Don't Know When Morneau Will Return

The Twins aren't sure when first baseman Justin Morneau will return from his recent concussion.

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said it's highly unlikely Morneau will be with the team when it leaves Wednesday for a four-game series in Baltimore.

"He won't be going to Baltimore," Gardenhire said. "That's just my guess."

Morneau was scheduled to see a specialist on Tuesday.

Via Pioneer Press

Joe Nathan Close To Playing Catch

Twins closer Joe Nathan is close to playing catch for the first time since season-ending elbow surgery.

Nathan expects to pick up a ball this weekend for some soft tossing from about 45 feet.

His goal is to be cleared to pitch by the start of the 2011 season.


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