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Updated: April 2nd, 2010 1:20pm
Gardenhire hands closer role to Jon Rauch

Gardenhire hands closer role to Jon Rauch

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- So much for closer-by-committee.

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced before today's exhibition game against St. Louis his closer will be Jon Rauch, who learned of the move on the plane ride home from Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday.

"It kind of blind-sided me," Rauch said. "I'm just happy to try to fill those shoes."

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In this story: Ron Gardenhire, Jon Rauch