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MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 2

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- B.J. Upton and Matt Joyce hit back-to-back homers in the first inning Saturday and the Tampa Bay Rays stayed hot with a 4-2 victory over Minnesota.

MLB: Boston 6, Minnesota 4

BOSTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs Sunday, enabling Boston to avoid a four-game sweep with a 6-4 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 8, Minnesota 2

CHICAGO, July 25 (UPI) -- Dayan Viciedo went 3-for-4 with a homer Wednesday, driving in four runs for the Chicago White Sox in their series-sweeping 8-2 victory over Minnesota.
MLB: Chicago White Sox 12, Minnesota 5

MLB: Chicago White Sox 12, Minnesota 5

MINNEAPOLIS, June 27 (UPI) -- Adam Dunn knocked in four runs in helping a White Sox attack that piled up 21 hits Wednesday in Chicago's 12-5 rout of the Minnesota Twins.

MLB: Minnesota 5, Milwaukee 4 (15 inn.)

MINNEAPOLIS, June 17 (UPI) -- Denard Span's 15th-inning single pushed home the game-winning run Sunday and Minnesota avoided an interleague sweep with a 5-4 win over Milwaukee.

MLB: Minnesota 11, Detroit 7

DETROIT, May 16 (UPI) -- Jamey Carroll put Minnesota in front for good with a two-run double in the sixth Wednesday and the Twins went on to outslug Detroit 11-7.

MLB: Seattle 5, Minnesota 2

SEATTLE, May 6 (UPI) -- Jesus Montero delivered a two-run double in the first inning Sunday and Seattle used a solid start from Hector Noesi to down Minnesota 5-2.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 4, Minnesota 3

ANAHEIM, Calif., May 1 (UPI) -- Torii Hunter homered and drove in three runs Monday, helping the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-3 victory over Minnesota.

MLB: Boston 11, Minnesota 2

MINNEAPOLIS, April 25 (UPI) -- Mike Aviles went 4-for-5 and David Ortiz drove in three runs for the Red Sox Tuesday, leading an 18-hit attack in Boston's 11-2 rout of Minnesota.

MLB: Texas 6, Minnesota 2

MINNEAPOLIS, April 14 (UPI) -- Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning Saturday in the Texas Rangers' 6-2 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Minnesota 11, Oakland 1

OAKLAND, Calif., May 19 (UPI) -- Trevor Plouuffe's three-run home run highlighted a six-run eighth inning for Minnesota Thursday and the Twins routed Oakland 11-1.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 4

MINNEAPOLIS, July 4 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria and Gabe Kapler each drove in two runs in a seventh-inning splurge Sunday, sending the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-4 decision over the Minnesota Twins.

MLB: Minnesota 8, New York Yankees 2

MINNEAPOLIS, May 27 (UPI) -- Jason Kubel hit two homers and drove in five runs Thursday, powering the Minnesota Twins to an 8-2 win over the New York Yankees.

MLB: Minnesota 4, Detroit 3

MINNEAPOLIS, May 4 (UPI) -- J.J. Hardy tripled and then scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday, giving the Minnesota Twins a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.

MLB: Minnesota 6, Kansas City 5

MINNEAPOLIS, April 17 (UPI) -- Orlando Hudson slammed a tie-breaking seventh inning homer Saturday, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals.
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Nick Blackburn
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Nick Blackburn (53) delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on April 7, 2008. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
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Robert Nicholas Blackburn (born February 24, 1982 in Ada, Oklahoma) is a Major League Baseball pitcher in the Minnesota Twins system. He graduated from Del City High School in Del City, Oklahoma. He attended Seminole State College. The 6-4, 227 pound right-hander was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 34th round of the 2000 amateur entry draft. The Minnesota Twins then drafted him in the 29th round of the 2001 amateur entry draft. The Minnesota Twins signed him on May 21, 2002. From 2002 to 2007, he pitched 6 seasons for the Minnesota Twins minor league system. In 138 minor league appearances, he pitched 702 innings, posting 40-40 record with 434 strikeouts and a 3.68 ERA. His best season in the minors came in 2007, and after the season Baseball America ranked him as the Twins' No. 1 prospect. Since 2008 Blackburn has pitched for the major league Minnesota Twins.

Blackburn’s repertoire consists of a 2-seam fastball, sinker, 4-seam fastball, changeup, curveball, and slider. His fastball is not overpowering, usually in the high 80’s to low 90’s; however, his 6-4 stand makes his fastball “appear to get on batters faster than the miles per hour would indicate.” He normally uses his fastball to get hitters off-balance before he pitches his four breaking balls. He throws a nice curveball and tight slider. When pitching at his best, he can locate all five of his pitches for strikes, which can make him nearly unhittable.

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