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02/27/2007 9:22 AM ET
Twins agree to terms with pitcher Jesse Crain on three-year contract
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FT. MYERS, FL -- The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have agreed to terms with righthanded pitcher Jesse Crain on a three-year contract, through the 2009 season.

Crain, 25, was 4-5, 3.52 (76.2 ip, 30 er) with one save, allowing 79 hits with 18 walks and 60 strikeouts in 68 appearances with the Twins last season. In his final 22 appearances of 2006, he was 2-0, 0.38 (23.2 ip, 1 er) with one save, allowing just 14 hits with three walks and 15 strikeouts.

In 2005, Crain was fifth in the American League with a .706 winning percentage (12-5), while ranking first among American League rookies in appearances and winning percentage, tied for second in wins and ninth in innings pitched. He set a club record for appearances (75) by a rookie pitcher and won the Bill Boni Award as the Twins' Most Outstanding Rookie.

Crain's .655 career winning percentage (19-10) is the best all-time among Canadian-born players with a minimum of 150 career games, ahead of Jeff Zimmerman (.586, 17-12), Russ Ford (.582, 99-71), Ferguson Jenkins (.557, 284-226) and Eric Gagne (.543, 25-21).

Originally drafted by the Twins in the second round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Crain made his Major League debut on August 5, 2004. He has a career record of 19-10, 2.95 (183.1 ip, 60 er) with two saves, allowing 157 hits with 59 walks and 99 strikeouts in 165 career appearances.

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