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• Left-hander Robbie Erlin, the favorite to win the No. 5 starter job, will throw in a Minor League game Wednesday. Erlin and Matt Wisler are the two candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation, but Erlin has big league service time (54 2/3 innings) and is already on the 40-man roster. Wisler is not.

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