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Associated Press, Published August 29 2009

Twins trade for RHP reliever Rauch

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins acquired the 6-foot-11 Jon Rauch, the tallest player in baseball history, from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday to help their beleaguered bullpen.

The 30-year-old Rauch went 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 54-plus innings for Arizona. He walked 17 and struck out 35 in 58 games this season.

The Twins agreed to terms with reliever Ron Mahay, who was cut by the Royals earlier this week, and put third baseman Joe Crede on the disabled list with a back injury.

General manager Bill Smith has been criticized for not making enough trades to supplement a talented core. But he has been more active this year, acquiring shortstop Orlando Cabrera, starter Carl Pavano and now Rauch and Mahay to address weaknesses.

Rauch’s 305 appearances since the start of 2006 are the most in the majors.

Right-handers Philip Humber and Armando Gabino were sent to Triple-A Rochester to make room on the roster. The Twins announced they will recall catcher Jose Morales before the game today against Texas.