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Continued: Twins' Nolasco survives another shaky outing

The most important number might have been 15 — the number of changeups Meyer threw. The Twins have been on him to throw more changeups, but he wasn’t happy with the quality of them, so he wouldn’t throw any, even when they asked him to during spring training. But he changed his grip on the pitch earlier this month and has gained a lot of confidence in it.

“We talked about that,” Antony said. “We told him, ‘Too many guys are getting good swings off your 98-mile-an-hour fastball.’ That’s the difference between being a good major league pitcher and really good major league pitcher. He has the fastball and he has a breaking ball. Now if you can change speeds and slow it down, he’s got all the pitches to be successful.”

New name, old face

Righthander Juan Carlos Oviedo, the former Leo Nunez, pitched 1⅓ innings of relief Thursday for the Rays, his first major league action since Sept. 21, 2011. He has been delayed by his identity fraud case and Tommy John elbow surgery.

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