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Twins Will Start Brian Duensing On Saturday

The left-hander is expected to throw no more than 60 pitches against the Cincinnati Reds.

May 26, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Brian Duensing (52) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
May 26, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Brian Duensing (52) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Twins need a fifth starter, and they will try Brian Duensing in the rotation again on Saturday. He will face the Cincinnati Reds, and their left-handed bats are part of the reason why he was picked to start.

"We decided to let him stretch out a little bit and piggyback him with a couple other guys and see what happens, how many innings he goes," Gardenhire said. "They got some pretty good left-handed hitters in that lineup, so you try a lefty over there too."

Duensing is expected to go no more than 60 pitches for the Twins. He has made 50 career starts but has worked exclusively out of the bullpen this year. He has been successful as a starter before, posting an ERA of 2.73 in nine starts in 2009.

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