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Ex-Twin Guardado Stingers’ opening day guest

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — Former Minnesota Twins All-Star closer Eddie Guardado will be the Willmar Stingers’ guest for the team’s 2014 home opener.

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The game will be 7:05 p.m. May 29 at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.

Guardado will be on hand to throw out the first pitch and sign autographs.

A 21st-round draft pick by the Twins in the 1990 MLB draft, Guardado became the Twins’ full-time closer in 2002 when he helped Minnesota to their first playoff berth since the 1991 World Series with 45 saves and a 2.93 ERA.

He compiled 116 total saves with an ERA of 4.50 in 11 years with the Twins before signing with the Seattle Mariners as a free agent.

He was an All-Star in 2002 and 2003.

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