Twins add reliever Blaine Boyer to 40-man roster

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins have added right-hander Blaine Boyer to their 40-man roster, saving a spot for him in their bullpen for the regular season.

The move was made Monday, before the Twins played the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game.

The 33-year-old Boyer has pitched in parts of eight major league seasons with five teams, most recently for San Diego. Boyer had a 3.57 ERA in 32 appearances last year for the Padres, and the Twins signed him during the offseason to a minor league contract.

Boyer, who was out of baseball in 2012, has a 1.69 ERA with one walk and five strikeouts in 10 2-3 innings this spring.

He gets a $750,000 salary while in the major leagues and $100,000 while in the minors. He can earn $100,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 35, 40, 45 and 50 games as a pitcher.

Minnesota has 14 pitchers in camp and likely will trim two before the regular season.

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