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Capps headed to the disabled list

MINNEAPOLIS — Four days after being activated from the 15-day disabled list, Matt Capps is heading back to the DL.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Capps irritated his rotator cuff while pitching the ninth inning on Monday against Baltimore. It was only Capps’ second appearance back after he missed 15 games with right shoulder inflammation.

A corresponding roster move is expected to be announced following Tuesday’s game.

Capps made two rehab appearances for Class A Advanced Fort Myers before being activated from the DL on Friday.

“There wasn’t any urgency to rush back,” Ryan said. “He was doing fine on the rehab assignment. Last night, he did something to irritate that thing.”

Capps owns a 3.81 ERA in 29 appearances for Minnesota this season. The right-hander has successfully converted 14-of-15 save opportunities.

Capps’ fastball appeared to suffer from diminished velocity in his two appearances since returning from the DL. He threw 16 fastballs in a total of two innings of work, averaging 90.9 miles per hour. Capps has averaged 92.7 mph on his fastball this season, according to

Left-hander Glen Perkins and right-hander Jared Burton are expected to share closing duties with Capps out. Capps, who was the subject of trade rumors before his shoulder problems, is eligible to return from the DL on Aug. 1.

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Capps out until at least Tuesday with sore shoulder

MINNEAPOLIS — Closer Matt Capps felt some soreness in his right shoulder on Saturday and is expected to be out until Tuesday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday.

Capps gave up a two-run homer in Minnesota’s 5-3 loss to Milwaukee on Friday.

“It’s just a sore shoulder after the game where he gave up the home run,” Gardenhire said. “He came in the next morning and he was pretty sore, so we backed him off, checked him out, everything looked good. Just a little inflammation in there. He’s doing all of his exercises and he should be ready to go Tuesday.”

Right-hander Jared Burton and left-hander Glen Perkins are expected to handle closer duties until Capps returns.

Capps has a 3.55 ERA in 26 appearances with 14 saves in 15 opportunities this season.

Game 26: Twins throw one-hitter vs. Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. — Five Twins pitchers, including starter Anthony Swarzak, combined to one-hit the Orioles in a 5-0 win on Tuesday at Ed Smith Stadium.

The Twins return home on Wednesday to host the Phillies at Hammond Stadium with left-hander Francisco Liriano set to take the mound.

What went right: The Twins shut down the Orioles, allowing just one hit and three walks on the afternoon.

Swarzak tossed 3 2/3 hitless innings, but did issue all three free passes. But Swarzak was rewarded after the game, as Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Swarzak will be on the Opening Day roster.

Right-hander Jeff Gray also retired all seven batters he faced to lower his ERA to 2.16 this spring. He still likely remains on the outside looking in, but is on the 40-man roster and out of Minor League options.

Jared Burton continued his solid spring with a perfect seventh inning to lower his ERA to 1.13. And closer Matt Capps retired all three batters he faced in the ninth.

Justin Morneau also picked up another hit with an RBI single in the fifth inning. He drilled a two-strike curveball from right-hander Chris Tillman into right field.

Jamey Carroll went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the second while Luke Hughes added an RBI double in the first.

The Twins also made a few nice defensive plays, including a diving snare from shortstop Brian Dozier and a diving play from second baseman Alexi Casilla in the sixth.

What went wrong: Not much, but left-hander Glen Perkins gave up the lone hit on a double to Robert Andino with two outs in the eighth inning.

But even on that play, the Twins executed a great relay, as Ben Revere got the ball to Alexi Casilla who threw Andino out at third.

What they said: “A good day,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I like to see that, get the outs we’re supposed to get, and pitchers throwing it over for the most part.”

What’s next: Left -hander Francisco Liriano is scheduled to make his sixth Grapefruit League start of the spring on Wednesday against the Phillies at Hammond Stadium. Liriano has been excellent so far this spring, posting a 2.00 ERA with 23 strikeouts and three walks in 18 innings. Right-hander Vance Worley is slated to start for Philadelpha.

Injury update: Outfielder Trevor Plouffe (strained right hamstring) is scheduled to play in a Minor League game on Wednesday after going through a workout without any issues on Tuesday. … Infielder Sean Burroughs had an X-ray taken on his left forearm a day after it was hit by a pitch. The results should come in on Wednesday … Outfielder Josh Willingham is fine after tweaking his ankle before Monday’s game against the Rays.

Game 21: Twins, Pavano struggle vs. Orioles

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins saw their five-game winning streak come to an end in an 11-1 loss to the Orioles on Thursday at Hammond Stadium.

Minnesota will look to get back on track when they travel north to face the Yankees on Friday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

What went right: Not too much, as the Twins gave up 14 hits and had just five hits of their own.

Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and is now hitting .313 this spring. Ben Revere and Michael Hollimon both doubled as well. Revere is hitting .343, while Hollimon is batting .500. Chris Parmelee went 1-for-2 and is hitting .333.

Left-hander Brian Duensing was the only Twins pitcher not to give up a run, as he tossed a scoreless fifth inning. He’s yet to allow a run in six innings this spring.

What went wrong: Right-hander Carl Pavano got a preview of the team he’s going to face on Opening Day, and got shelled.

Pavano allowed six runs on eight hits, including a homer, a triple and three doubles. His ERA now stands at 6.11 this spring.

Matt Capps served up a solo homer to Chris Davis in the sixth before Brendan Wise gave up a two-run homer to Trent Mummy in the eighth. Glen Perkins also struggled, giving up two runs on four hits in one inning of work.

Justin Morneau continued his struggles at the plate, going 0-for-3 to see his average tumble to .091 (3-for-33. But he did hit a hard liner to left in the fourth before lining out to third in the seventh.

What they said: “It really picked up today as you saw,” Gardenhire said when asked if things are expected start to pick up after Wednesday’s off-day. “Everybody really rose to the occasion. No. It was a dead day really. We played about six or seven good ballgames in a row or so, but today was really dead.”

What’s next: Left-hander Francisco Liriano is set to start against the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on Friday at 12:05 p.m. PT. Liriano has been excellent this spring, posting a 2.77 ERA with 18 strikeouts and two walks allowed over 13 innings pitched. Right-handers Alex Burnett, Jeff Manship and Jared Burton are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins. Right-hander Ivan Nova starts for New York.

Injury update: Twins right-hander Scott Baker (elbow tendonitis) pitched two scoreless innings in a Minor League game. But he also threw just 23 pitches, and could end up on the disabled list to start the season. … Trevor Plouffe participated in a light workout, as he’s still battling a strained right hamstring.

Game 18: Twins vs. Pirates lineups

FORT MYERS, Fla. — After a few days off to celebrate my 26th birthday, I’m back covering the Twins today against the Pirates.

The Twins hosted a “B” game against the Pirates this morning on one of the practice fields at the Lee County Sports Complex, and lost 3-2 in eight innings.

Matt Capps tossed two innings for the first time this spring, and didn’t allow a run, giving up only a double over two innings. He also struck out two.

Left-hander Glen Perkins surrendered a run in his one inning of work before giving way to Brendan Wise, who threw two perfect innings.

A few Twins Minor League pitchers saw action including Brad Thompson and Daniel Turpen. Thompson left early after being struck on the wrist by a line drive but was OK. Turpen, acquired in the trade that sent Kevin Slowey to Colorado, allowed one hit and struck out two in one inning.

On the offensive side, Sean Burroughs and Matt Carson both doubled. Ryan Doumit and Tsuyoshi Nishioka also singled for the Twins.

Twins (9-8)
1. Alexi Casilla, 2B
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, RF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Trevor Plouffe, LF
8. Aaron Bates, 1B
9. Joe Benson, CF

LHP Francisco Liriano

Twins reserves: Rene Rivera, Danny Lehmann, Ray Chang, Brian Dozier, Chris Parmelee, Ben Revere, Denard Span

Twins pitchers: Jeff Gray, Casey Fien, Luis Perdomo, Kyle Waldrop

Pirates (6-8)
1. Alex Presley, LF
2. Clint Barmes, SS
3. Jose Tabata, RF
4. Casey McGehee, 3B
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Jake Fox, 1B
7. Nate McLouth, CF
8. Michael McKenry, C
9. Charlie Morton, RHP

Mauer set to catch in Sunday’s first workout

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Spring Training officially started for the Twins today, with 41 pitchers and catchers reporting to the Lee County Sports Complex.

Several pitchers participated in light workouts such as Glen Perkins, Scott Baker, Brian Duensing, Nick Blackburn, Carl Pavano, Matt Capps and Jason Marquis, but the Twins don’t hold their first official workout until tomorrow morning.

The first workout begins at 8:30 a.m. ET, with catchers going over signs with manager Ron Gardenhire. Later in the morning, pitchers are scheduled to work out and throw bullpen sessions with the eight catchers invited to camp — Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit, Drew Butera, Chris Herrmann, Danny Lehmann, Dan Rohlfing, J.R. Towles and Rene Rivera

Mauer is expected to be in full gear, which is a change from last year, when he didn’t start catching until early March because he had offseason surgery on his left knee.

“I’ve been catching a little bit,” Mauer said. “It’ll be good to get the gear back on, running around with the guys. I caught Baker a little bit the other day. I try to limit as much bending down as I can, but I’m feeling good and I’m ready to go.”

Other notes from today:
– Capps and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed a new addition to the family on Feb. 8, as she gave birth to a baby boy named Maxwell Martin Capps. Maxwell weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

– Baker said his right elbow is a “non-issue” and is fully healthy headed into camp. He said coming back to pitch in relief at the end the season helped him get into a normal offseason routine.

– I still haven’t seen Francisco Liriano at Hammond Stadium, but I’m told he’ll be here for tomorrow’s official workout.

– Look for a full notebook later today. For now, here’s the full story on the pitchers and catchers officially reporting.

Winter Meetings wrap; Capps’ contract details

MINNEAPOLIS — The Winter Meetings are over, and the Twins left Dallas having signed only Matt Capps to a one-year deal with an option for 2013.

In case you’re curious, Capps is set to make $4.5 million in ’12, and has a club option for ’13 worth $6 million with a $250,000 buyout.

He also has a range of performance bonuses in ’12, including $250,000 bonuses for finishing 50, 55 and 60 games; and a $500,000 bonus for finishing 65 games.

For context, Capps finished just 35 games last season, but when he was a full-time closer in ’10, he finished a career-high 66 games. He also finished 50 games in ’09 with the Pirates.

He would also receive $250,000 for being named an All-Star, $50,000 for being the ALCS MVP and $100,000 for being World Series MVP.

And if he wins the AL MVP, he would earn $100,000, or $75,000 for a second-place finish or $50,000 for a third-place finish. But I’m sure the Twins aren’t too worried about those bonuses. Jamey Carroll and Ryan Doumit also have similar bonuses tied to the AL MVP as well.

The Twins, though, did make a few other moves at the Winter Meetings, and have a three-year offer on the table for Michael Cuddyer. For details on what transpired at the Hilton Anatole, click here.

Twins reportedly agree to deal with Capps

DALLAS — The Twins agreed to terms with free-agent reliever Matt Capps on a one-year deal with an option for 2013, according to multiple reports. The deal is reportedly pending a physical.

The Twins, however, have not made an official announcement.

Capps, 28, posted a 4.25 ERA with 34 strikeouts, 13 walks and 10 homers allowed in 65 2/3 innings with the Twins last season. He also converted 15 saves in 24 opportunities, as he lost his role as closer to Joe Nathan after struggling in mid-July.

But the Twins liked Capps’ attitude and said the right-hander pitched hurt most of the season, as he dealt with a forearm issue.

Capps is expected to serve as the club’s closer next season, as left-hander Glen Perkins is expected to remain in a setup role and Nathan left for Texas on a two-year deal that includes an option.

More to come …

Twins trying to keep things loose (Game 61 vs. Indians)

CLEVELAND — Having won five of their last six games, the Twins are trying their best to keep things loose.

The relievers are certainly doing their part, as they’ve been coming up with interesting ways to make their way to the bullpen before the game.

Before Monday’s game, they were a bobsled team, and before Tuesday’s game they were a canoe before closer Matt Capps joined and became a motor to power the boat. Catcher Drew Butera has been the creative mind behind it all, but left-hander Chuck James has been called the ring leader among the relievers.

“It gives everyone something to look forward to,” James said. “It kind of eases the weight a little bit out there and lets everyone relax a little bit. We’ve been winning and it’s been working so I guess we’ll keep sticking with it now.”

He also added the Twins will debut a new creation before Thursday’s game at Target Field against the Rangers, so that should be “entertainment” as Ron Gardenhire has been calling it. SportsCenter is also going to do a piece on it, but here’s a link to see their bobsled antics from Monday in case you missed it:

Click here to watch the video.

Lineups for the 11:05 CT start at Progressive Field

Twins (22-38)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Michael Cuddyer, RF
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Luke Hughes, 1B
8. Matt Tolbert, 2B
9. Drew Butera, C

RHP Carl Pavano (3-5, 4.83 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.76 K/BB)

Indians (34-25)

1. Michael Brantley, LF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Grady Sizemore, CF
4. Carlos Santana, RF
5. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
6. Matt LaPorta, DH
7. Cord Phelps, 2B
8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
9. Lou Marson, C

RHP Justin Masterson (5-4, 3.28 ERA, 3.21 FIP, 2.15 K/BB)