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Gardy addresses team as full-squad work starts


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins held their first full-squad workouts of Spring Training on Saturday with the day beginning with manager Ron Gardenhire addressing all 67 players in big league camp in a team meeting.

Gardenhire stressed turning the page on the struggles of the last two seasons and called on his players to take pride in playing for the Twins.

"It was basically, welcome here and expectations," Gardenhire said. "What you can and can't control, that type of stuff, and how we expect everybody to handle themselves. Look at my eyes, right underneath here, that used to be flat as a pancake."

After the meeting, the pitchers and position players broke up into different groups with the pitchers throwing bullpens and working on fielding practice with the hitters doing fielding practice and taking batting practice.

Live batting practice isn't set to start until Monday, when Twins pitchers will get a chance to throw against the position players in camp.

"Monday, it's all going to be, boom, stuff going everywhere, three fields going," Gardenhire said. "That's when it gets entertaining. You see live pitching, live BP. The day gets a little longer, but I get to see people getting after each other. That's the best."

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