MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 25: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins towels off his face during the first inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles on August 25, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Twins Make Roster Moves After Losing Another Series

The Minnesota Twins lost another series on Wednesday night, but decided to make a few roster moves in hopes of shaking things up in the future.

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Minnesota Twins Roster Moves: Matt Maloney Joins Triple-A Rochester After Clearing Waivers

The struggles of Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Matt Maloney has been well documented this season, and the lefty will get his chance to sort out his issues with the Rochester Red Wings, the Twins Triple-A affiliate. A few days after being designated for assignment, Maloney cleared waivers Saturday and will now join the International League member.

In nine appearances with the Twins this season, Maloney compiled an ERA of 8.18 -- making it not a huge surprise not one of the other 29 MLB teams claimed him.

Maloney, who allowed 10 earned runs in just 11 innings of work, was replaced on the roster by former Red Winger P.J. Walters, who is set to make his first start in the big leagues since 2010 on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays (6:10 p.m. CT).

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Twins Roster Moves: Francisco Liriano Moved To Bullpen To Shake Things Up

Francisco Liriano has struggled immensely this season, unfortunately, and the Minnesota Twins have finally decided to make a change with their former ace. There's no telling if it'll help, of course, but it certainly shouldn't hurt.

The Twins announced after Wednesday night's loss that Liriano is moving to the bullpen, being replaced by recent call-up P.J. Walters in the rotation. Walters 3-1 in Rochester with a 2.70 ERA, but the move is more important from the Liriano perspective.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Fox Sports North on Tuesday night that Liriano took the news in stride.

"Frankie said, ‘Whatever you need me to do.' He made sure that he told (pitching coach Rick Anderson) and I that he understood, and that he's not upset about it, and he wants to help the baseball team any way he can," Gardenhire said. "We just gotta get him right. We've got to get him into some situations to try and get him some success."

The plan is to let Liriano get his confidence back up and, eventually, get him back into the rotation.

"He has the best arm on this team and we need to get him some confidence going, get some quality innings out of him, maybe help us win a few ballgames out of the bullpen right now. Eventually we're going to need him as a starter."

Hopefully this works out.

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Josh Willingham Out Due To Illness For Twins Vs. Angels Game

The Minnesota Twins have struggled plenty this season and, unfortunately, it doesn't look like that streak is going to end anytime soon. The team will play Jered Weaver again on Monday night without slugger Josh Willingham -- a bad omen considering Weaver threw a no-hitter against Minnesota last week.

Willingham apparently caught the flu, according to various media reports, which is why he's found himself on the bench. There's a possibility, though, that he could find himself inserted into the lineup later in the game if the right situation arises.

Considering there's a possibility he plays Monday night, this isn't terrible news -- but it isn't good, either, considering the havoc Weaver caused last week.

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What Can We Expect From Brian Dozier?

The Twins are calling up their first real shortstop prospect in years. As fans, what should we expect?

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