Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 4/8/12
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ten years ago, approaching a promising 2002 season, the Minnesota Twins nearly had their franchise wiped out. Then they finished three wins short of the World Series. "It was one of those 'take that' kinds of things," said manager Ron Gardenhire, reflecting on his first year running the team. "Take that, baseball." Gardenhire's bunch of outspoken, scrappy, prank-prone characters used strong chemistry, the best defense in the majors and a relatively weak division to win 94 games and reach the playoffs for the first time since the 1991 championship season. The Twins will mark the 10-year anniversary of that team as part of their home opener festivities on Monday, when they host the Los Angeles Angels to start their third season at Target Field. Doug Mientkiewicz, Eddie Guardado, Brad Radke, Jacque Jones, Corey Koskie and Denny Hocking are scheduled to take part in a pregame rally downtown, throw out ceremonial first pitches and lead the singing during the seventh...
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