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Liam Hendriks Recalled By Twins; Expected To Start Wednesday

Minnesota Twins starter Liam Hendriks will replace Nick Blackburn for Wednesday's start against Oakland.

July 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Liam Hendriks (62) pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
July 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Liam Hendriks (62) pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Twins have recalled Triple-A starter Liam Hendriks from Rochester to start Wednesday's game against the Oakland Athletics. He'll replace the demoted Nick Blackburn, who has pitched to the tune of a 7.39 ERA in 19 starts this season.

Hendriks has been solid in Triple-A, posting a 2.20 ERA with 82 strikeouts and allowing only 28 in 106 1/3 innings over 16 starts. But he's never had success in the Bigs, posting a 6.71 ERA in 12 career starts. In eight starts this season in Minnesota, he's gone 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA.

Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak Monday night against Oakland. Starter Cole De Vries will look to keep that going tonight in Game 2 of the series. For Oakland, Brett Anderson will get his first start of the season after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.