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Target Field trees may affect sight lines

Target Field trees may affect sight lines

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The two exhibition games at Target Field against the Cardinals earlier this month gave the players a chance to hit in their new ballpark.

One of the only early complaints from a couple players was how the spruce trees behind the center-field wall might affect the sight lines while players are at the plate. While Michael Cuddyer was one player who said the trees affected his vision a little, others, like Joe Mauer and Jason Kubel, didn't seem to be affected by it.

"I don't have any problems," Kubel said after he came off the field from taking batting practice on Monday. "I've only played one game so far. We'll see how it goes. If it's windy and blowing around, we'll see."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that there have been some shadows off the trees, particularly during the 5 p.m. CT start for the first exhibition contest. Gardenhire said that some players had a little issue with depth perception off the trees, but he stressed that was just the early talk.

"We'll see what happens," Gardenhire said before joking: "We've got chainsaws, plenty of chainsaws. If we don't like it, we just whack them. We'll come here late night and whack them. People will say, 'Who did that?'"

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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