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07/31/2006 11:06 AM ET
Twins acquire Minor League pitcher Zach Ward
Send pitcher Kyle Lohse to the Cincinnati Reds
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MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired minor league righthanded pitcher Zach Ward from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for righthanded pitcher Kyle Lohse.

Ward, 22, was 7-0, 2.29 ERA (114.0 ip, 29 er), allowing 74 hits with 37 walks and 95 strikeouts, with an opponents batting-average-against of .188 (74-393) in 20 games (18 starts) for Dayton (A, Midwest League) this season. His 2.29 ERA ranked fourth in the Midwest League.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder was selected by the Reds in the third round of the June, 2005 free agent draft out of Gardner-Webb University.

Lohse, 27, was 2-5, 7.07 (63.2 ip, 50 er), allowing 80 hits with 25 walks and 46 strikeouts in 22 games (8 starts) for the Twins this season. Acquired by the Twins in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on May 21, 1999, Lohse has a career record of 51-57, 4.88 (908.1 ip, 493 er) with 289 walks and 561 strikeouts in 172 games (152 starts).

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