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The Minnesota Twins started out terribly this season, but thanks to a relatively weak American League Central race may still be buyers at the trade deadline. Needing middle to late inning relief help, the Twins are one of the clubs eyeing Orioles' right-hander Koji Uehara, who is 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 40 games this season.

One of the Twins' top pro scouts, Bob Hegman, has been at Camden Yards the past couple days and Orioles' professional scouting director Lee MacPhail was at Target Field in Minnesota on Saturday. In any trade, the Orioles likely are looking for major-league-ready starting pitching and young position players.

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The Twins have a surplus of outfielders and they recently demoted disgruntled right-hander Kevin Slowey, one of their more available trade chips, to the minors.

The sides made a swap last December when the Orioles acquired J.J. Hardy for two minor-league pitchers.

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