Twins Pound A’s, Blacky to Rochestor 21 Aug 12

Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham were each 3-for-5 with two RBI to power the Twins in a 7-2 win over the Athletics. Darin Mastroianni added two RBI to go with two runs scored in a 2-for-3 effort as Minnesota snapped a five-game slide. Brian Duensing struck out seven and gave up two runs, one of which was unearned, over six innings to pick up the win. Cole De Vries gets the nod opposite Brett Anderson in tonight’s second installment. Coverage begins at 8:35pm on 860 AM KNUJ and SAM 107.3

Twins Outright Blackburn, Nishioka

The Twins outrighted pitcher Nick Blackburn and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka off their 40-man roster on Monday. Both players will remain with the organization at Triple-A Rochester. In 19 starts this season, Blackburn went 4-and-9 with a 7.39 ERA. The team will name a replacement for “Blacky” in the rotation today. It will likely be Liam Hendricks.