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Twins report to Spring Training, gear up for an improved season

CREATED Feb. 21, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – All Minnesota Twins players and staff reported to Spring Training ahead of the first full-squad practice this weekend.

The rest of the team joined the Twins pitchers and catchers today at Hammond Stadium, looking to put in some major work after a losing season in 2013.

The Twins finished 66-96 last season.

While fans are oppotomistic that this season will be better than last, they aren’t quite expecting a grand slam.

“Probably thinking mediocre,” said Kyle Young, “I'm thinking more next season might be their season, a stepping stone to get there.”

While the team is working hard to improve, construction crews are busy putting the finishing touches on a major renovation project at the ballpark.

In total, the Lee County, the State, and the Twins put up $48.5 million for the project.

The biggest improvements to the stadium are a new boardwalk level that wraps around the park, new concession areas, and more group seating.

“It’ll make it a lot better,” said Jim Kiecker, “it won’t be as crowded in the stands.”

“That should draw more crowds here and get them away from Fenway a little bit,” said Young.

The Twins take on the Red Sox next Friday for the opening game of the season at jetBlue Park.

The next day, Minnesota will host Boston at Hammond stadium for their first home game of Spring Training.

6 out of the Twins’ 16 Spring Training games are against the Red Sox; three are at home, three away.

Limited tickets are still available to the Twins’ games.

For ticket information head to: http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/spring_training/tickets.jsp?c_id=min