MINNEAPOLIS When the Minnesota Twins opened Target Field in 2010, the organization prided itself on staying local with almost every aspect of the ballpark. From the food served at concession stands to the materials used to build the park, nearly everything came from Minnesota.
Now they're applying that philosophy to the roster.
Throughout the team's history, it has had guys every now and then who were born and raised in the state of Minnesota. For several years, St. Paul native Joe Mauer and Stillwater's Glen Perkins were the only two Minnesotans on the Twins' major league roster.
But they were joined earlier this week by a third Minnesota native when Eden Prairie's Cole De Vries was called up from Triple-A Rochester and made his big league debut Thursday.
"It's just kind of been Perk and myself ever since I've been here," Mauer said. "It's always exciting to see a fellow Minnesotan in the big leagues, let alone here on the Twins."
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