Pinnacle Moments in 2010 MLB Season

Target Field opens: April 12
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Target Field opens: April 12

Long a victim of baseball's salary inequities, the Twins took a step toward mid-market status the second their new home opened on April 12. Minnesota's payroll this season was higher than that of the big-market Dodgers, and the Twins signed reigning AL MVP Joe Mauer to a nine-figure contract before the season. After a sluggish first half, the Twins turned it on to clinch their sixth AL Central title in nine years, ensuring that Target Field would host a postseason in its first year in operation.

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