Vikings take BP before Friday's game

Vikings take BP before Friday's game

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins had some special visitors take batting practice before Friday's game, as Vikings players Christian Ponder, Sage Rosenfels, Kyle Rudolph and John Sullivan took some swings at Target Field.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire liked what he saw, as Rosenfels and Rudolph both hit upper-deck home runs.

"They were big, very big," Gardenhire joked. "I'd like to have them right here in case we need to charge the mound. They were actually very entertaining. It was fun to see them out there."

Ponder said he enjoyed taking batting practice and had a chance to talk with Twins players such as Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.

"I'm just a big sports fan in general and I love baseball and I know all the teams around here support us so it's important for us to get out and support them," Ponder said. "I've been to a few ballgames -- Twins games -- already and it was fun."