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Twins Spring Training 2012, Grapefruit League Schedule: Minnesota Opens Season Against Tampa Bay

Grapefruit League spring training play begins in earnest Saturday afternoon in the Sunshine State of Florida. The Minnesota Twins open the spring season on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. EST against the Tampa Bay Rays at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

On Sunday, the Twins will have to split up their roster for two games, sending half their team to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte to face the Rays again at 1:05 p.m. EST, while the other half will go to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers to take on the Boston Red Sox.

Minnesota finished 63-99 last season, but are optimistic that, given a healthy Justin Morneau (who is close to 100-percent) and Joe Mauer, they can compete for a playoff spot--especially with another wild card added to the postseason.

For more on the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. You can also head to the SB Nation MLB hub at sbnation.com/MLB.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.