The contract Glen Perkins has with the Minnesota Twins goes through at least 2017, so the All-Star closer wouldn’t have to think about switching teams for a while. I’ve been home my whole life, and I would rather try to win here and never win than go somewhere else just to win one,” Perkins said. I have zero desire to play elsewhere.” That’s good, because the Twins are happy to have him.

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Tom Kelly still has a lot to teach the Minnesota Twins. Kelly arrived Thursday at the team’s facility, ready to resume work as a guest instructor five months after a minor stroke. ”I was very fortunate,” Kelly said, adding: ”I had a lot of big-shot doctors take care of me and really did a nice job.” He said he’s feeling well, just unable yet to engage in more intensive activity. I feel so bad for people who have worse things happen.” The 64-year-old managed the Twins for 15 seasons before retiring in 2001 and has since worked for the organization as a special assistant to the general manager, focusing his expertise on infield play during spring training and providing scouting reports as needed during the regular season.

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When the Minnesota Twins brought back Torii Hunter this season, that $10.5 million was earmarked for more than just a reliable power hitter and right fielder. The unofficial outfield mentorship program that has existed on and off since the end of Kirby Puckett’s career was ready to be revived. We have a chance to meet with each other and become like brothers,” Hunter said of his relationship with young outfielders Aaron Hicks, Jordan Schafer and Byron Buxton, all of whom have cubicles near Hunter’s in the spring training clubhouse. ”You hope they say, ‘Hey, I’m next to Torii Hunter.

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The Detroit Tigers had mild expectations for J.D. Martinez when they called him up from the minors early last season. ”We knew he had power,” manager Brad Ausmus said. After being signed by Detroit to a minor league deal in March, he eventually earned a spot on the big league roster and hit .315 with 23 home runs and 76 RBIs. The Astros released him last March, and after the Tigers picked him up, he began the year at Triple-A Toledo.

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The only way Grant Balfour knows how to leave one season behind and begin preparing for another is by having a short memory. The veteran relief pitcher’s return to the Tampa Bay Rays didn’t go as well as expected in 2014, however he’s confident he can regain the consistency that made him one of the most effective closers in the American League over the previous two seasons. ”Whether it was a good year or bad year I don’t sit and harp on it,” Balfour said. I move on to the next year.” A mainstay in the bullpen that helped the Rays make an improbable run to the World Series in 2008, the 37-year-old right-hander spent three productive seasons with the Oakland Athletics before returning to Tampa Bay on a two-year, $12 million contract last winter.

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The fall of the Minnesota Twins over the last four seasons can be traced to several factors, none more influential than the struggles of the starting rotation. So for the second straight winter, the Twins spent millions of dollars to try to fix it. ”We all know that we weren’t very good last year as a whole and that we have to be a lot better,” right-hander Phil Hughes said. In fact, had the Twins not signed him after his departure from the New York Yankees, there’s no telling how ragged the rotation would have been.

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Former manager Ron Gardenhire has decided to take the year off, rather than work as an adviser for the Minnesota Twins. Gardenhire was fired after last season and replaced by Paul Molitor, though his contract has another year on it. Gardenhire has a home near the Twins spring training facility in Fort Myers, but he decided to stay away from now and focus on his family. Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons.

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Terry Ryan entered his office during a public showcase of renovations at Minnesota’s spring training facility and found a handful of fans inside admiring the stadium view. For anyone with the Twins, really, the small crowd in the room was more like a sign of progress.

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For the Minnesota Twins, spring training has become a much fancier place. Renovations to Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers were ceremonially opened to the public on Sunday, as Twins standouts Joe Mauer, Glen Perkins, Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter posed for pictures and fans toured the spruced-up seating areas and added amenities. There’s new space for weight training and injury rehabilitation, too, which means no more golf-cart rides down the service road to pump iron at the minor league compound. For the Twins organization, though, the centerpiece of the nearly $50 million project was the minor league player development academy.

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