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Updated: June 27th, 2012 12:00pm
Twins acquire minor league pitcher Shairon Martis from Pirates

Twins acquire minor league pitcher Shairon Martis from Pirates

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins added some depth to their minor league pitching ranks on Wednesday, acquiring 25-year-old right-hander Shairon Martis from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He will be assigned to Double-A New Britain.

Martis posted a 4.96 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 23 walks in 61 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season, mostly as a starter. He owns a 4.27 career Triple-A ERA in 276 1/3 innings with 188 strikeouts and 99 walks.

Signed as an amateur free agent by the San Francisco Giants in 2004, Martis was traded to the Washington Nationals in 2006 for reliever Mike Stanton. Martis pitched 106 1/3 innings for the Nationals between 2008 and 2009, posting a 5.33 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 51 walks.

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