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Pino wins as Twins' 26th man for twin bill

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins officially recalled right-hander Yohan Pino from Triple-A Rochester to be the club's 26th man on the roster for Game 1 of Saturday's split doubleheader against the Tigers. He earned his second career big league win, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks over five innings in Minnesota's eventual 12-4 win.

Pino was called up to start Game 1 against the Tigers on regular rest, as he last pitched on Monday for the Red Wings. He was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning.

"Pino battled really hard," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He got through it. He got into a tough situation in the fifth with the bases loaded -- and you can either leave him in to get the win or take him out. And we gave him his shot and he got the big out there."

The right-hander was solid in his last start at Triple-A, allowing just two runs over seven-plus innings to improve to 10-2 with a 2.47 ERA for Rochester. His last start with the Twins before Saturday came on Aug. 12, when he gave up seven runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Astros.

Pino was optioned to Rochester on Aug. 15, so he had to be optioned back to Triple-A after his start on Saturday. Players must spend 10 days in the Minors after being optioned before being called up again. But the rule didn't apply to his start on Saturday because he came up as the club's 26th man.

Pino, though, said he remains hopeful he'll be called up again once rosters expand in September.

"I'm fine," Pino said. "I'll go down there and pitch -- and hopefully be back up here in September."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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