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|Mauer Homers at Target Field as Twins Top Cards
|MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer helped keep the early home run derby at Target Field going.
Mauer and Michael Cuddyer went deep for the Minnesota Twins in an 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday that wrapped up spring training for both teams.
David Freese homered for the Cardinals, who saw Matt Holliday and Colby Rasmus hit back-to-back shots on Friday. Denard Span also went deep in the first game for the Twins, giving Minnesota's new ballpark six home runs in two games.
Coaches, players and club officials expect Target Field to play fair, without tilting toward bandbox or pitcher's park status. The distances to the outfield walls are similar to the Metrodome, which didn't end up favoring either side too strongly after developing an early reputation as the "Homerdome."
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