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Matt Caps Replaces Joe Nathan As Twins Closer

After coming back from Tommy John Surgery that cost him most of last season, Joe Nathan has struggled as the Twins' closer this season. After blowing two saves in his last three opportunities, the Twins have decided to replace him with Matt Capps, according to SB Nation.

Nathan, of course, missed the entire 2010 season while recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Installed in his old spot as the Twins' closer this spring, Nathan converted his first three save chances but wasn't dominant and hasn't been throwing as hard as he used to.

Capps was acquired from the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline last year while Nathan was on the mend, and converted 16 of 18 opportunities after he came to Minnesota. Capps got a save opportunity yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays, and pitched one inning in just eight pitches without allowing a hit.

We'll be covering this situation in this stream, but for more information head over to SB Nation's Baseball Nation, and for more on the Twins head over to Twinkie Town.

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