‘‘He’s a starting pitcher, which we need’’ Ryan said. ‘‘He’s got the stuff, he’s got the frame, he throws it over the plate. ... He played in two different A-ball leagues last year. On the surface that means he’s not as close as you'd like, but we'll let him dictate his pace and see exactly how he responds to it.’’
AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this report.
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