Minnesota Twins: It's no secret the Phillies had more than a little problem with their bullpen last year. While their starters didn't live up to expectations, they also had a lot of wins sold out from under them by a shaky relievers. One of the big culprits was Carlos Silva, who -- as Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star Tribune points out -- allowed 19 of the 32 baserunners he inherited to score over the last two years. This is not the reason he's being considered for a role in the starting rotation, however. "I asked [Phillies manager] Larry Bowa about that this winter, and he said Silva had trouble with the first hitter he faced ...that he was fine after the first guy," manager Ron Gardenhire told Reusse. Prior to coming to the majors in 2002, he was used almost exclusively as a starter -- in spite of having only two pitches (fastball and slider). There aren't many of that species -- two-pitch starters. When pressed for a precedent, Gardenhire named Scott Erickson.
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