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Trombley happy to be back

Knight Ridder Newspapers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Relief pitcher Mike Trombley barely had time to get a uniform and start preparing for his return to the major leagues once he got to the Twins' clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday and started celebrating his reunion with old teammates, coaches and friends.

"It's funny. I talked to my wife, and she said, 'You sound so happy,' " said Trombley, who was brought up from Class AAA Edmonton to replace injured pitcher Brad Radke on the Twins' roster. "I had a little bad taste in my mouth after what happened in L.A. After the trade, things didn't go very well for whatever reason. But coming here, coming to the ballpark, it just felt comfortable again.

"I just felt good about being comfortable and looking forward to going to the ballpark again."

The Twins beat Kansas City 8-6 on Wednesday. They were to conclude their series with the Royals at 12:05 p.m. today.

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Trombley, who left the Twins to sign with Baltimore as a free agent after the 1999 season, was traded to the Dodgers last July and released at the end of spring training this year. The Twins signed him to a minor league contract April 15, and he showed with Edmonton that at 35 he still could pitch.

Twins game story, Page 4D

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