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Brian Duensing | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press believes Brian Duensing could draw some trade inquiries before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.
Duensing owns a 2.27 ERA and 1.19 WHIP as a reliever this season, and in a market where lefties Andrew Miller and Antonio Bastardo are drawing interest Berardino views Duensing as a trade candidate as well. He also reports the Twins haven't approached Duensing about a long-term deal. Duensing, 31, will be a free agent following the 2015 season. Jul 30 - 7:49 PM

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Twins activated LHP Brian Duensing from the paternity leave list.

Duensing's wife was induced on Monday. He will be available out of the Twins' bullpen Thursday in Chicago.
Apr 3 - 11:53 AM

Twins placed Brian Duensing on the paternity leave list.

Duensing's wife is scheduled to be induced on Monday. The left-hander is expected back in time for Thursday's game. Michael Tonkin has taken his spot on the roster.
Mar 30 - 2:00 PM

Twins avoided arbitration with LHP Brian Duensing by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

It was Duensing's second season of arbitration eligibility. The southpaw posted a 3.98 ERA over 73 appearances in 2013 in his first year as a full-time reliever.
Jan 17 - 12:53 PM

The Twins have tendered a contract to left-hander Brian Duensing.

Duensing's salary could rise to around $2 million in his second year of arbitration, but that's reasonable enough for the Twins after he posted a 3.98 ERA and 56/22 K/BB ratio over 61 innings as a full-time reliever this past season. The Twins will also tender contracts to Anthony Swarzak and Trevor Plouffe.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 05:50:00 PM

Brian Duensing is "a possibility" to start for the Twins in 2014, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said on Wednesday.

Ryan then added the caveat that such a move "is not probable for me." The southpaw had a 3.98 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 61 innings of relief last season. He made 11 starts as recently as 2012, and he's got 61 starts in his major league career. The Twins, who are desperate for starting pitching help, could give the 30-year-old a look as a starter in spring training.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 09:04:00 PM

Brian Duensing is currently dealing with flu-like symptoms.

Duensing is scheduled to have an IV this afternoon, so his status isn't yet known. He wouldn't have been available if Monday's game was played.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 11:37:00 AM

Twins avoided arbitration with LHP Brian Duensing by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

It was his first year of arbitration. Duensing has posted an ugly 5.19 ERA over the last two years for the Twins in a swingman role.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 01:30:00 PM

Brian Duensing was obliterated in Saturday’s loss to Rangers, surrendering nine runs on 10 hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler got the offensive explosion started with a leadoff solo homer. Mitch Moreland added a three-run blast in the second, and the Rangers tacked on another four in the third before Duensing was mercifully removed from the game. He has a horrifying 3-9 record with a 5.28 ERA and 53/21 K/BB ratio over 87 innings this season. Assuming he sticks in the rotation to make his next start, he’ll do battle against the Mariners at home on Thursday.
Sat, Aug 25, 2012 07:23:00 PM

Brian Duensing pitched six quality innings Monday night, holding the A's to two runs and striking out seven in a victory.

Duensing won for just the second time in nine starts this season. He was expected to return to the bullpen after Carl Pavano came off the disabled list, but who knows if that will materialize? Expect him to pitch in Texas this weekend, which won't make him recommended in AL-only leagues.
Tue, Aug 21, 2012 01:48:00 AM

Brian Duensing surrendered six runs -- four earned -- in seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.

Duensing couldn't get the Twins a sweep in Cleveland while allowing 11 hits today. He figures to make at least one or two more starts before Carl Pavano returns.
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 02:46:00 PM

Brian Duensing pitched well in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Friday, allowing five runs (two earned) on 10 hits in his six innings of work.

He fanned three without walking a batter in the game. The critical play in the game came in the fourth inning, where Justin Morneau was unable to catch a foul pop up off the bat of Carl Crawford with two-on and two-out, and Crawford then hammered the very next pitch for a three-run homer. He'll likely get at least one more turn in the rotation before Carl Pavano returns, which will come on Wednesday where he'll take on the Indians in Cleveland.
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 11:42:00 PM

Making his first start since July 15, Brian Duensing held the Indians to one run on five hits in six innings of Sunday's 5-1 win.

He struck out two and walked none. Duensing acquitted himself quite well as he looks to lockdown the rotation spot formerly owned by Francisco Liriano. He is now the owner of a 4.53 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 33/16 K/BB ratio through 59 2/3 innings. Acceptable numbers, but Duensing's inability to consistently retire righties severely limits his upside as a starter.
Sun, Jul 29, 2012 05:05:00 PM

Brian Duensing will start Sunday for the Twins against the Indians.

He's taking the spot of Francisco Liriano, who has been dealt to the White Sox. Duensing struggled earlier this season while in the rotation, and it's not clear how long he'll remain there this time around.
Sun, Jul 29, 2012 08:49:00 AM

Brian Duensing has been moved back to the bullpen.

The Twins recalled Nick Blackburn after Tuesday's game to take Duensing's spot in the rotation. "I was having a lot of success in the bullpen and had a good first half, so I'm not thinking of this as a demotion," Duensing said. "It's just a move that needs to be made and we'll go from there." Blackburn will start Friday against the Royals.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 09:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Jordan Schafer
CF1Danny Santana
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Chris Parmelee
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Phil Hughes
3Kyle Gibson
4Tommy Milone
5Trevor May
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Ryan Pressly
8Samuel Deduno