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Twins include 12 pitchers on ALDS roster

Kepler, Arráez and Adrianza are also back from injury.
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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios walks the field Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The New York Yankees will host the Twins in the first game of an American League Division Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK — The Minnesota Twins included 12 pitchers on their ALDS roster announced Friday, along three players who had been hurt of late: center fielder Max Kepler and infielders Luis Arráez and Ehire Adrianza.

Kepler started only two of the last 19 games because of a strained left shoulder muscle. Arráez sprained his right ankle last weekend, and Adrianza strained his right oblique muscle Sept. 12.

Versatile Tyler Wade was included on the New York Yankees AL Division Series roster while slumping first baseman Luke Voit made it over Mike Ford and Cameron Maybin was picked for outfield depth.

Voit struggled in return from sports hernia, ending season 0 for 12 and 1 for 33.

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Ford hit .259 with 12 homers and 25 RBIs, including .379 with eight homers and 17 RBIs from Aug. 17 on. Wade, who can play outfield, second, shortstop and third, can pinch run or be a defensive replacement.

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The Twins ALDS pitching staff will be led by Game 1 starter José Berríos. Fellow starter Jake Odorizzi is also expected in the rotation, despite recent hamstring issues.

New York's 12 pitchers included lefty Tyler Lyons and righties Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loisiga. The team's pitching was weakened last month when reliever Dellin Betances tore an Achilles tendon in first appearance back from a lat injury that had sidelined him since spring training, and 18-game winner Domingo Germán was placed on administrative leave under baseball's domestic violence policy.