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Continued: Relievers have been key to Twins' early-season winning ways

The group currently includes lefthander Pedro Hernandez, a starter, because the Twins don’t need a fifth starter until April 29. He will need innings before then — and a doubleheader might be a good time for him to get some work in.

“We knew coming in that if we get the ball to Burton and Perkins that we would feel good about that,” catcher Joe Mauer said. “Roenicke and Duensing have been great. Casey Fien is having a great year. They all are throwing the ball well, and we hope it continues.”

The Twins believe they have an arm for every occasion in the bullpen, preferably those occasions in which they are protecting a lead.

“We know we have a great group down there,” Burton said. “We have a lot of dudes who compete, and we’re going to do everything we can do to keep it where it is at.’’



 

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