Scott Baker in bullpen for ALDS

Updated: October 6, 2010, 6:22 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have chosen right-hander Scott Baker over righty Kevin Slowey for the final spot in the bullpen for the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees.

The Twins announced their postseason roster on Wednesday, shortly before they took on New York in Game 1.

Baker went 12-9 with a 4.49 ERA in 29 starts this season. He has been bothered off and on by tendinitis in his pitching elbow in the second half of the season. But Slowey lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his final two outings of the year.

Manager Ron Gardenhire also elected to keep three utility players -- Nick Punto, Matt Tolbert and Alexi Casilla. He was considering keeping a third catcher as insurance with Joe Mauer having a sore left knee. But Jose Morales was left off the roster.


Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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