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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Baker back to the bigs?

The good news for Scott Baker is he may be headed back to Minnesota.

The bad news is he would be going there to replace Brad Radke.

Radke, Minnesota's longest-tenured player, may be done after his gimpy shoulder finally gave way during the Twins' 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

Baker is the logical choice to replace Radke, who has been one of the biggest reasons Minnesota is currently in the AL wild-card lead. However, since he began riding the shuttle between Triple-A Rochester and Minnesota, Baker has struggled to find consistency at the major league level.

If he finds a groove similar to his 10-appearance trial in 2005, Baker and the Twins will be fine. If not, the Twins' surprising run back into the playoff race may fall into the danger zone.


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