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Ryan hangs onto Twins' coveted players

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The Minnesota Twins didn't make a move at Tuesday's trade deadline, hanging onto veteran players like Denard Span and Josh Willingham once they saw they weren't going to be able to get the young pitching they wanted in return.

General manager Terry Ryan said the Twins never got close to making a deal Tuesday, and by 3:02 p.m. CDT -- two minutes after the deadline -- manager Ron Gardenhire got a call telling him his roster wouldn't be changing before the game.

"I don't think there's any shock that people putting up the numbers on this ballclub would be desirable for other organizations," Ryan said. "If you're going to do something with that, you'd like to think that you're getting equity back. We didn't see it."

Without a move at the deadline, though, the Twins have their work cut out for them as they try to rebuild their rotation. Nick Blackburn is the only starter signed past this season, and though Scott Diamond looks as if he could be a solid major league starter, the Twins are still looking for someone to lead their starting staff.

And unless Pedro Hernandez -- the pitcher they got in return for Francisco Liriano on Saturday -- turns into that kind of a starter, the Twins will still be looking this winter.

"People don't want to give up starting pitching, especially if it's close (to the majors) and controllable," Ryan said. "It's one of those things where everybody's looking for starting pitching. So are we."

Blackburn started Tuesday and pitched well, allowing two runs in eight innings, but the Twins fell 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox.
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