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Twins tweaking Target Field--pine trees getting the ax


MINNEAPOLIS (KTTC/AP) -- Target Field won't look quite the same this spring, but that might be just what the hitters were hoping to see.

The Minnesota Twins are planning to take down the pine trees behind the center field wall. Hitters complained the trees made it difficult for them to pick up the ball coming out of the pitcher's hand.

The 14 trees swaying in the wind, and the shadows they cast, led several hitters from the Twins and other teams to voice their displeasure.

Twins President Dave St. Peter says the team is still trying to determine what to do with the trees. Relocating them inside the ballpark is a possibility.  The team will also install a material on the batter's backdrop that cuts down the glare during afternoon games.

The Twins also announced they will unveil a bronze statue of Tony Oliva at Target Field on opening day.

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