By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- While the Minnesota Twins started the season in Chicago against the White Sox, head groundskeeper Larry DiVito and his crew at Target Field kept up their push to prepare the park for the opener a week away.
The winter has been harsh, but the work hasn't been any harder than usual.
In fact, DiVito said Monday, the grass actually emerged from hibernation in better shape than last year despite one of the coldest stretches the state endured in decades. The snow cover provided a healthy insulation, and ice damage was nonexistent this year.
The Twins started last season at home on April 1, so DiVito and his staff were grateful for extra time. The Twins host the Oakland Athletics on April 7.
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