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Updated: April 13th, 2012 11:46am
After 2 Double-A starts, Jason Marquis likely to join rotation in N.Y.

After 2 Double-A starts, Jason Marquis likely to join rotation in N.Y.

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- If the decision were left entirely up to right-hander Jason Marquis, he would have gone from facing high schoolers in simulated games two weeks ago to jumping directly into the Minnesota Twins starting rotation for the opening series in Baltimore.

Instead, all parties agreed the 12-year veteran Marquis first needed some seasoning against minor league competition after spending two weeks away from the team in March tending to his injured 7-year-old daughter.

Marquis went eight innings for Double-A New Britain on Thursday night, allowing only two runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking nobody. In his first minor league start, five days prior, Marquis allowed one earned run on seven hits and no walks in six innings while striking out four.

In an interview with 1500 ESPN on Friday, manager Ron Gardenhire said it's likely Marquis will rejoin the Twins' rotation when the team heads to Yankee Stadium next week.

The way the rotation sets up, Gardenhire said it's likely Carl Pavano and Francisco Liriano would start the first two games of the four-game series on Monday and Tuesday, with Marquis slotting in Wednesday on an extra day of rest.

Marquis owns a career 4.55 ERA and 4.79 FIP pitching almost entirely against National League competition throughout his 12-year career, with some interleague games sprinkled in.

The Twins hope he can pitch deep into games and maintain his 55% groundball rate he owns over the last three seasons.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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