Bonser provides very little help

Twins drop second straight game to Rangers

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kip Wells might merely be a rent-a-player for the Texas Rangers. For now, the right-hander is only concerned about helping them stay in the pennant race.

Wells made a successful first start for Texas, Mark Teixeira homered twice and the Rangers beat Minnesota 10-2 on Wednesday to give the Twins their first losing homestand this season.

Acquired in a deadline-day trade with Pittsburgh, Wells got his first win as an American Leaguer since 2001, when he was with Chicago. He pitched into the sixth inning and was responsible for one run while striking out two.


"Your goal is to have a quality start and give the team a chance to win," said Wells, who will be a free agent this fall.

And if he's not included in the long-range plans?

"That's not something to be preoccupied with," Wells said. "You have enough to worry about trying to throw strikes and get people out."

Boof Bonser (2-3), an emergency callup to fill in for rookie left-hander Franciscg Liriano, lasted only four innings and left trailing 7-0. The blame was widespread, though. The Twins made two costly errors and hit into six double plays, including one on a strikeout and thwarted stolen base attempt.

"That's how the game goes," said Bonser, who was sent right back to Triple-A afterward.

Liriano, 12-2 with a major league-best 1.96 ERA, was scratched from this start because of inflammation in his forearm. Clearly, he was missed.

WOLVESReed re-signed

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves re-signed restricted free agent forward Justin Reed to a multiyear contract on Wednesday.


The Wolves made Reed, who was acquired in the seven-player January trade that sent Wally Szczerbiak to Boston, a qualifying offer on June 30 and had the right to match any contract offer made to him by another team.

General manager Jim Stack said no other team extended Reed an offer, and the third-year veteran said he wanted to remain in Minnesota.

In 40 games with Minnesota after the deal, including six starts, Reed averaged 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 17.7 minutes. He provided some reliable energy and athleticism off the bench.

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