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Updated: June 17th, 2014 4:27pm
Twins bounce Sam Deduno from rotation, Yohan Pino will start Thursday

Twins bounce Sam Deduno from rotation, Yohan Pino will start Thursday

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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Sam Deduno's latest ugly outing had the Twins searching for alternatives. Now, he'll go to the bullpen and Yohan Pino will take his place. 

Deduno allowed seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings Saturday against the Tigers, in a game the Twins eventually lost, 12-9.

He made eight starts since his promotion from the bullpen in early May. Overall, Deduno has a 5.34 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 57 1/3 innings. He has struck out 41 and walked 28, but looked more erratic in recent starts. 

Pino, meanwhile, has been lights-out for Triple-A Rochester this season. He's 30 years old, so he's not really considered a prospect any longer.

Pino is 9-1 with a 1.92 ERA in 14 games, including seven starts for the Red Wings. He has struck out 61 batters and walked just 16 in 61 Triple-A innings this season. Opponents have hit just .187 off the righthander from Venezuela. 

Pino will need to be added to the 25-man roster, which means a player will need to be demoted or added to the 15-day disabled list. Pino also will need to be added to the 40-man roster.

Rochester has several other pitchers throwing well: Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Logan Darnell and Kris Johnson. May pitched a gem Monday, but wouldn't be available Thursday on short rest. 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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