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Twins Vs. White Sox: RHP Cole DeVries Debuts In Rubber Match

The Minnesota Twins will send Cole DeVries to the hill in the Thursday's rubber match with the Chicago White Sox.

DeVries is part of Minnesota ongoing quest to sort out its starting rotation. Full-blown implosions by one-time starters Francisco Liriano and Jason Marquis have forced the Twins to get creative -- or maybe desperate -- in the quest for arms.

DeVries was 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in triple-A Rochester, which aren't exactly call-up numbers. But the Twins, who own the worst team ERA in baseball at 5.30 -- the only other team above 4.64 is the Colorado Rockies, who play in the league's most hitter-friendly ballpark -- had to do something.

Enter the right-handed DeVries, who played college ball at the University of Minnesota.

(Anthony Swarzak, who began the season as a starter but was sent to the bullpen after losing his first three games, is expected to start Friday.)

Philip Humber will be the Sox's Thursday starter. Humber is 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA. In 28 starts in 2011, Humber was 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA.

Thanks to nine straight losses by the Chicago Cubs, the Twins no longer own baseball's worst record. The Cubs are 15-29, and the Twins 15-28.

First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 7:10.

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