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Twins acquire Jaime Garcia, Anthony Recker from Braves

    LOS ANGELES — The Twins’ pursuit of Jaime Garcia was merely delayed, not derailed. They finally got their new lefthander on Monday.

    Minnesota acquired Jaime Garcia, a nine-year veteran with postseason experience, from the Braves along with veteran catcher Anthony Recker and cash, the teams announced. In return the Twins will send 19-year-old righthanded pitcher Huascar Ynoa to Atlanta.

    Ynoa, signed as a 16-year-old for $800,000 in 2014, has a 5.26 ERA in six starts for rookie-level Elizabethton this season. He is the brother of White Sox reliever Michael Ynoa, and replaces Nick Burdi, rejected as an injury risk as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, as the Braves’ take in the trade.

    Garcia is 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA for Atlanta this season, but has won his last two starts, limiting the Diamondbacks to one run on four hits over seven innings, and the Dodgers to three runs over seven innings last Friday. Garcia will join his new team in Dodger Stadium this week and could pitch as soon as Wednesday.

    Recker, a 33-year-old veteran of seven major league seasons with four teams, is batting .223 with four home runs in 41 games for Class AAA Gwinnett this season. He is expected to be assigned to either Class AAA Rochester or AA Chattanooga by the Twins.

    The Twins will make a corresponding move to clear space on their 40-man roster for Garcia sometime Monday. They will open a spot on the 25-man roster when Garcia reports to the team. Garcia could take the rotation spot of Adalberto Mejia, Kyle Gibson or Bartolo Colon, who makes his second start with the Twins tonight against the Dodgers.

    

Update: Twins call up Alan Busenitz to replace Craig Breslow

Here are three quick thoughts from LEN3 following the Twins' loss to the Tigers with an update ... Alan Busenitz was called up Monday:

ALAN BUSENITZ TO BE CALLED UP: The Twins designated lefthander Craig Breslow for assignment after Sunday's 9-6 loss to Detroit. Busenitz (above) had a 2.08 ERA in six outings with the Twins in June and, if I remember correctly, we was sent down because of a numbers crunch. It's time to bring him up here. First off, he has a mid-90s fastball and decent breaking ball. Second, there's a little at stake here. With Sunday's loss, the Twins are 2.5 games out of first place in the AL Central - and in sole posession of third place. They've been in third place three days this month - the first time since May 1. It will be good development for him as he learns his way around the league.

BRESLOW PRAISED: The Twins wanted to make sure they had the right character guys in the clubhouse this season, and Breslow was definitely one of them. Molitor pointed out how much he helped younger pitchers during his time with the Twins.  He added that it was hard to tell Breslow he was being let go because he's a high character person. But the Twins need bullpen help and hope Busenitz will develop into a solid bullpen contributor. "I know there's some guys here that the Craig Breslow affect will go beyond him being here, physcially, in our clubhouse," Molitor said.

ESCOBAR'S AT BAT: Eduardo Escobar battled with Tigers reliever Shane Greene with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning. The Twins were down one run at the time, so a hit could have given the Twins a lead or tied the score. Escobar started fouling off pitches, eight in all during the at-bat. That included four straight one point. The crowd rose to its feet as fans were ready for a big hit. But Greene, with the 13th pitch, got a 96-mph fastball by him to end the inning. It had to be one of his best at-bats of his career before he struck out. "You have to credit to that pitcher when it's due,” Escobar said. “He was throwing his best stuff at me, but someone has to win it. And obviously he won. He did a good job and was able to get me. The last pitch, I was trying to hit it up the middle but he beat me.”

9:10 PM (FSN)
Minnesota 49-48
LA Dodgers 68-31
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