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Pridie joins Twins in Toronto

(from and Courier reports)

The Minnesota Twins haven't been an organization that normally calls up more than a handful of players when September rolls around and rosters expand.

But considering the club's recent string of 17 straight games without an off-day and the toll it has taken on his ball club, manager Ron Gardenhire said that the seven players who joined his roster on Tuesday will be welcome additions.

"We need some bodies," Gardenhire said. "This stretch of baseball that we've played, we've kind of had to force everybody out there every day. It will be good to have some bodies up here."

With the call-ups, Gardenhire will get four extra position players for the start of Minnesota's series in Toronto on Tuesday. Those include outfielder Jason Pridie, infielders Matt Tolbert and Matt Macri and catcher Ryan Jorgensen.

Tolbert, who is being activated from the disabled list, will likely see the most playing time of the four. Pridie will be another speed option on the basepaths. He can play all three outfield positions and Gardenhire said that depending on how Pridie plays, he could also be a late-inning defensive replacement if needed.

Pridie, who turns 25 next month, didn't get into Tuesday afternoon's game, however. The Twins lost 7-5 to fall into a tie with the White Sox for the AL Central lead. Minnesota faces the Blue Jays again Wednesday at 4:07 p.m. Arizona time.

Pridie, a 2002 graduate of Prescott High School, was Arizona's Player of the Year that spring. He led the Badgers to the 4A-I state championship, the school's first in baseball.

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