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Updated: March 19th, 2011 8:27am
Ben Revere, Trevor Plouffe among Twins' second round of cuts

Ben Revere, Trevor Plouffe among Twins' second round of cuts

by Phil Mackey
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins announced five more cuts on Saturday morning, trimming the roster from 45 to 40 with just under two weeks left until the start of the regular season.

Outfielder Ben Revere, infielder Trevor Plouffe and right-hander Alex Burnett were all optioned to Triple-A Rochester, while catcher Danny Rams and infielder Matt Brown were reassigned to minor-league camp.

Revere, who hit .205/.256/.359 in 39 at-bats with five stolen bases and a few circus catches in the outfield this spring, made his major-league debut last August, and he remains a strong candidate to be called-up at some point this season. But the club prefers he play every day, rather than sit on the bench as a backup outfielder in the major leagues.

Plouffe found himself in a three-way battle with Matt Tolbert and Luke Hughes for the club's utility infield spot, but he struggled mightily this spring, hitting just .206/.216/.235 in 34 at-bats. He also committed six errors in the field.

The Twins must trim the roster to 25 by April 1.

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