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Twins Minor-League Pitcher Paul Bargas Dies At 23 After Battle With Brain Cancer

Some sad news out of the Minnesota Twins organization on Wednesday, as reported by the Star Tribune. Joe Christensen reports that Twins minor-league pitcher Paul Bargas has succumbed to brain cancer and has passed on at the age of 23. Bargas became a member of the Twins organization in December 2010 when catcher Jose Morales was sent to the Colorado Rockies, and started to feel severe headaches that winter.

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In April 2011, he was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, and though he tried to make a comeback coming into this ongoing season, he had many setbacks and wasn't able to come back. Bargas passed away on Tuesday night, and Twins spokesman Dustin Morse had a statement, via the Star Tribune:

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"Paul had been battling a rare form of cancer for over a year and on Tuesday night he lost his battle," Twins spokesman Dustin Morse said in a statement. "Paul was an incredible young man who displayed a phenomenal ability to stay positive through all of this and we at the Twins feel honored to have known him."

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Bargas gave it his all in the face of overwhelming adversity - trying to make it into the MLB even while faced with something so serious. The Star Tribune had a piece on him prior to spring training and Christensen promises a more in-depth piece on him and his affect on the various people in his life later on Wednesday night.

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