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Updated: April 18th, 2011 9:31pm
Eric Hacker recalled for long relief; Alex Burnett optioned again

Eric Hacker recalled for long relief; Alex Burnett optioned again

by Tom Pelissero
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For the second time in as many days, the Minnesota Twins shuffled their bullpen, optioning Alex Burnett back to Class-AAA Rochester and recalling fellow right-hander Eric Hacker after Monday's win at Baltimore.

Hacker, 28, allowed 10 runs (nine earned) in six rocky innings with the Twins this spring. But he's thrown 11 scoreless innings for the Red Wings, and the Twins needed a long-relief option after sending Jeff Manship back to Rochester on Sunday.

Burnett allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings over three apperances and hadn't pitched since April 13.

A 23rd-round pick by the New York Yankees in 2002, Hacker hasn't pitched in a big-league game since 2009, when he allowed two runs in three innings over three appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent last season at the Class-AAA level in the San Francisco Giants organization, and the Twins signed him to a major-league deal in November.

Hacker will wear No. 61.

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