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Twins To Take Down Trees Behind Centerfield At Target Center

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of Target Field’s trademarks is coming down.

The Minnesota Twins will take down the pine trees behind center field wall. Hitters complained the trees made it difficult for them to pick up the ball 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 eye 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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