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In this file photo, Twins pitcher Joe Nathan, left, shares a laugh with catcher Joe Mauer during the first day of spring training for pitchers and catchers Feb. 18 in Fort Myers, Fla. (Associated Press)

Twins' Nathan glad to be back throwing on hill

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Nathan let loose with his fastball -- and a few smiles.

The All-Star closer returned to the mound for the Minnesota Twins for the first time since an elbow injury wiped out his 2010 season, throwing a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 5-0 win by the Boston Red Sox.


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