The Twins claimed Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Darin Mastroianni off waivers Thursday and designated righthanded reliever Esmerling Vasquez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Mastroianni, 26, is a comparable player to Jason Repko. He has good speed and can play all three outfield positions. He's not expected to make the Opening Day roster, but he will give the Twins some depth. He batted .268 with 34 stolen bases last year between Class AA and Class AAA.

"We've liked this guy for a while," Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said.

As for Vasquez, the Twins claimed him on waivers from Arizona on Sept. 27, one day before the season ended. So his Twins tenure ends without an inning pitched.


Proper send-off

Gophers baseball coach John Anderson said that Siebert Field -- the team's outdoor home for four decades -- will be the site of one final game, May 1 against St. Thomas.

The game, originally slated to be played at the Metrodome, was moved to Siebert Field to give the facility a proper send-off. The Gophers are playing most of their home games at the Metrodome this year because of conditions at Siebert Field, and they are pushing forward to build a new on-campus facility in the future.

"Hosting a final game at Siebert Field is an opportunity to celebrate the deep tradition of Golden Gopher baseball," Anderson said. "With this game, we want to recognize and remember the long-standing history that has occurred over the past 40 years in this facility."

U wrestlers get top seed

The Gophers wrestling team was seeded No. 1 for Saturday's NWCA National Duals regional in Piscataway, N.J.

The Gophers will face the Rutgers-Kent State winner at 3 p.m. for a berth in the regional championship at 5 p.m. The other teams in Piscataway are Michigan (the second seed), Missouri and Cal Poly. The National Duals Final Four is Feb. 18 at a location to be determined.