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Updated: January 28th, 2011 6:45pm
Twins say goodbye to trees in CF

Twins say goodbye to trees in CF

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Despite winning 53 regular-season home games at Target Field in 2010, Minnesota Twins players have been subtly -- or not so subtly in some cases -- hinting that they'd like to see some changes to accommodate hitters in 2011.

The higher-ups have listened.

The team announced on Friday that the pine trees in front of the batter's eye in center field will be removed.

Hitters had complained about shadows from the trees, as well as glare during afternoon games from the sun shining on railings and other stadium features.

According to the Associated Press, Twins president Dave St. Peter said the trees might be relocated to a different part of the ballpark.

The batter's eye will also be coated with a special material that cuts down on glare.

Notes

- A bronze statue of Twins great Tony Oliva will be unveiled at Target Field on opening day, April 8.

- Right-hander Rob Delaney, who was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room for left-hander Dusty Hughes, was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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