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Rays send righty Odorizzi to Twins for prospect

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios, securing some needed depth for their rotation after missing out on several free agents.

The 27-year-old Odorizzi will join his third major league team in the Twins, who won't have right-hander Ervin Santana for the first several weeks of the regular season while he recovers from surgery on his middle finger. Kyle Gibson, Jose Berrios and Adalberto Mejia are the only other returning pitchers who made more than 10 starts for the Twins in 2017.

Phil Hughes is also in the mix, recovering from a second thoracic outlet surgery on his ribs in as many years, but the Twins were concerned enough about their lack of proven candidates to make the trade for Odorizzi. They've also, according to multiple reports, reached an agreement with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who has made 262 starts for the Tigers and Marlins over the last 12 seasons.

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Leaders
AVG: J. Mauer.305
HR: B. Dozier34
RBI: B. Dozier93
SB: B. Buxton29
W: E. Santana16
ERA: E. Santana3.28
Saves: M. Belisle9
K: E. Santana167
AL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Cleveland 10260.630-
Y-Minnesota 8577.52517
Kansas City 8082.49422
Chi White Sox 6795.41435
Detroit 6498.39538
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .260 (9)
Runs: 815 (7)
Hits: 1443 (10)
Home Runs: 206 (16)
Stolen Bases: 95 (9)
OBP: .334 (6)
SLG: .434 (11)
Total Bases: 2409 (9)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.59 (19)
Runs Allowed: 788 (19)
Saves: 42 (12)
Strikeouts: 1166 (29)
OpBA: .266 (26)
OBP: .330 (16)
SLG: .446 (24)
Run Support: 5.11 (5)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/17 J. Odorizzi Traded Tampa Bay (for SS Jermaine Palacios)
2/17 M. Pineda Placed on 60-Day DL (Recovery from right elbow surgery)
2/15 K. Gibson Signed ( 2018)(loses arbitration)
2/13 C. Heisey Signed to a Minor League Contract
1/24 M. Magill Signed to a Minor League Contract
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Injuries
Date Player Status
2/17 M. Pineda Recovery from right elbow surgery (on 60-day DL)
2/14 T. May Recovery from right elbow surgery (day-to-day)
2/14 E. Santana Surgery on right middle finger (day-to-day)
9/5 J. Chargois off 60-day DL
8/30 B. Buxton Undisclosed (day-to-day)
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