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Despite weather, day two of camp successful


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With temperatures in the 40s and heavy winds, it wasn't a typical Florida day for the Twins during their second day of full workouts on Sunday.

But the club was still able to get through all of the drills, including infield practice, pitchers fielding practice, bullpen sessions and batting practice.

"We got everything done," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It was a good day. Guys were really locked in. It was really fun to watch. The PFP went great on our field. I didn't see the guys down the street, but everybody said they did good. But our group was really locked in today. It was the best round yet."

The most entertaining part of practice was the pop up drills behind the plate for the catchers at Hammond Stadium. New bench coach Terry Steinbach had a little trouble operating the machine because of the wind, according to Gardenhire.

"The wind and the high sky, where the ball looks like a golf ball up high up there, and Steiny hitting the machine -- all of those made for elements that made it tough," Gardenhire said. "But it was good to get guys on the main stadium, so that guys know the distance and all that. So, it was a good drill for them. But it's tough."

The intensity at camp is expected to ramp up on Monday, as it'll be the first day of live batting practice between Twins pitchers and hitters. Players are also scheduled to get physicals before the workouts begin.

"We'll be in the clubhouse waiting until the physicals are done, and then we'll do some live BP and go through all of our drills, full squad," Gardenhire said. "So that'll be fun. I'll get a chance to see position players, which I haven't seen."

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