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Matt Capps returns from injury for the Minnesota Twins, but not as the closer

Minnesota Twins reliever Matt Capps returned to action on Monday for the first time since July 16, but Capps is no longer the team's closer according to manager Ron Gardenhire.

Gardenhire told Ray Richardson of TwinCities.com that Capps will be used when needed in relief but Glen Perkins will be the team's closer for the remainder of the season. Perkins has appeared in 67 games for the Twins this season and has a 4-1 record with 15 saves.

Capps, a nine year veteran in his third year with the Twins, has appeared in 30 games this season and has posted a 1-4 record with 14 saves. He was out injured due to suffering inflammation in his right rotator cuff.

Despite being eliminated from playoff contention with a 65-91 record, the Twins will have an opportunity to influence the postseason as they open a three-game series with the division leading Detroit Tigers this Friday. The Tigers are currently tied with the White Sox for first place in the AL Central.

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