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Albers returns to the big leagues

OTTAWA – The incredible journey that is Andrew Albers’ professional baseball career added another chapter today when the Minnesota Twins purchased his contract from Triple-A St. Paul setting up his third different stint with the club.

The Twins didn’t waste any time getting him into game action on Thursday as he tossed four innings allowing just one run with four strikeouts in a Twins, 7-5, loss to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Albers, 35, broke into the majors with the Twins in 2013 and returned to the American Central Division squad again in 2016. He also had stints with Toronto in 2015 and Seattle in 2017 before spending three seasons (2018-2020) with the Orix Buffaloes in Nippon Professional Baseball. He also pitched in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) in 2014.

The North Battleford, Saskatchewan native has represented Canada at eight different international baseball events since 2011 most recently in June at the WBSC Baseball Americas Olympic Qualifier in Florida where he pitched seven innings of a combined no-hitter against Colombia in the opening game of the tournament.

He also played prominent roles in Canada winning back-to-back gold medals at the 2011 and 2015 Pan Am Games baseball tournaments and pitched in both the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classics.

Albers signed with the Twins prior to the 2021 season where he’s pitched at Triple-A where he’s gone 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA over 15 starts and 91 innings pitched. Just four days ago, on August 15th, he tossed eight scoreless innings in a win over Indianapolis.