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Updated: June 15th, 2011 1:34pm
Twins outright lefty Dusty Hughes to clear 40-man roster room

Twins outright lefty Dusty Hughes to clear 40-man roster room

by Phil Mackey
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It appears as if the Minnesota Twins have cleared room for the return of Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

According to the team website, left-hander Dusty Hughes was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster, likely for Nishioka, who could be activated from the 60-day disabled list prior to Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Hughes posted a 9.95 ERA with 11 strikeouts and eight walks in 12 2/3 innings for the Twins this season. With Triple-A Rochester, Hughes posted a 3.65 ERA with 16 strikeouts and three walks in 12 1/3 innings.

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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