MINNEAPOLIS Sure, it might be the heart of hockey season in the State of Hockey, especially with the NHL starting back up this week. But for Ron Gardenhire and the Minnesota Twins, this week also indicates a step closer to baseball season.
On Monday, Gardenhire and other Twins players and coaches began the annual Winter Caravan, a lead-up to TwinsFest later this month at the Metrodome. From there, it's only a matter of days before pitchers and catchers report to camp in Fort Myers, Fla.
"It kind of gets you really pumped up for it and you get excited to get down there and get going again," Gardenhire said. "We have a lot to prove and we have a lot to do."
Indeed, Minnesota will have plenty of work to do to rebound from back-to-back 90-loss seasons. The Twins stumbled to a 66-96 finish in 2012, mainly a result of having the American League's worst pitching rotation. Minnesota's starters had the highest ERA in the league and second worst in baseball behind Colorado.
In hopes to allev...