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Twins prep for 2014 Home Opener

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Crews cleared snow on March 10, 2014 Crews cleared snow on March 10, 2014
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The Minnesota Twins are prepping for their Home Opener at Target Field slated for Monday, April 7 against the Oakland Athletics.

Read more: Crews clear snow from Target Field

The Chicago White Sox will host the Twins for their 2014 Home Opener today at 3:10 p.m. The forecast in Chicago reads a high of 60, mostly cloudy and windy with a potential for showers late in the day.

LOOKING FOR LEADERSHIP

In the offseason, the Twins attempted to bolster their pitching staff, spending more money than ever before on starters. Today, they'll open with the goal of ending a 3-straight season streak with at least 90 losses.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is ready for that goal to come to fruition.

"There's nothing like winning. We've won for a long time around here and now we've taken a beating for three years and there are some guys around here that were a part of that winning, too, and it's not much fun because when you've been to one level and then you end up back down here, that's not much fun in this game," he said.

With veterans like Michael Cuddyer, Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau gone, the Twins are searching for leadership, and mild-mannered Joe Mauer's not one to take charge.

"We have a lot of work to do, we have to turn a mindset around here and that's why you bring in people that have been there and done it. They know what it takes, they know what you have to give, they know how you have to handle yourself during the course of the game," Gardenhire said.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe has seen a lot of losing with this team, and he knows firsthand that some young players think they've "made it" simply by getting to the major leagues.

"There's that shine, that luster to the big leagues. Once you get up, it's not easy to put that aside right away, like I said, having younger guys up over the last couple of years, we've learned how to do that, and now it's time to go get the job done," Plouffe said.

REMEMBER LAST YEAR?

Target Field hosted its very first Home Opener on April 1, 2013 against the Tigers with temperatures hovering in the 30s, but winter wasn't done there. April snow first postponed a Mets matchup on April 14 and then again on the 17 against the Angels.

Crews cleared fresh snow from Twins Territory on April 23 last year to prepare for a doubleheader against the Marlins – that game was even pushed back an hour to allow Target Field staff to ready the field.

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