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Police: Pavano Target Of Extortion

A former high school classmate of Carl Pavano has been accused of trying to extort money and a luxury SUV from the Twins pitcher, according to an ESPN.com report.

According to a search warrant affidavit filed by police earlier this month, Pavano's sister, Michelle DeGennaro, said Christian Bedard, 36, of Southington, Conn., was "attempting to extort monetary funds for his fabricated, false information" and that he believes he can hold the Pavano family "hostage" with the information.

Via ESPN.com

Morneau's Future Likely At Designated Hitter

Justin Morneau has made six consecutive starts at designated hitter this spring, leading many to believe he'll play less in the field this season.

The Twins had hoped he would be able to return to first base full-time, but injuries have limited him significantly over the last two seasons.

"What does it matter?" manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's in the lineup; it doesn't matter where we're playing him. We're just getting him at-bats right now. I know he can play first base, I don't need to know about that. I need to know about other people. Right now, he's just playing.

"We'll decide that when we get down to the end. I told you that before; we'll make that decision at the end of spring training. Right now we'll do what we have to do to get him at-bats."

Via Star Tribune

Twins Play Mauer At First Base

The Twins played Joe Mauer at first base in their exhibition win over the Red Sox on Friday.

Mauer, primarily a catcher, played 18 games at first base last season while Justin Morneau dealt with post-concussion problems.

He said working with guest instructors Tom Kelly and Paul Molitor among others has helped him understand the nuances of playing the corner position.

"To be able to get some work has helped a lot," said Mauer, who was unsure how much he would have to leave his preferred position of catcher.

"I don't know. I just want to be more prepared for whatever they need me to do. If they need me over there a lot, I'll do it. Last year, the more I played over there, the more comfortable I felt."

Via Associated Press

Michael Wuertz To Hold Workout Next Week

Michael Wuertz will hold a tryout for Major League teams early next week, but plans haven't been finalized.

The Twins are expected to take a look at the free-agent reliever.

Via Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN (via Twitter)

Twins, Perkins Reach $10.3M Extension

The Twins have agreed to a three-year, $10.3 million contract extension with reliever Glen Perkins.

Perkins is now under contract with Minnesota through 2015, with a team option for 2016.

"He has been a reliable reliever for us and has helped stabilize the back end of our bullpen in the setup role," general manager Terry Ryan said.

"When we were looking for someone to step up last year, it was Glen who seized the opportunity and pitched the way we knew he could."

Via Associated Press

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