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Twins winter caravan stops in Sioux City

Ryan Pressly, Brian Duensing and Dick Bremer speak to fans during the Twins' stop in Sioux City. Ryan Pressly, Brian Duensing and Dick Bremer speak to fans during the Twins' stop in Sioux City.

There aren't many major league baseball teams that reach out to their fans like the Minnesota Twins. The 54th annual Twins Winter Caravan will make stops in 50 communities in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin over a two-week period.

Wednesday's stop was in Sioux City.

Twins pitchers Brian Duensing, who played at Nebraska, and Ryan Pressly, along with play-by-play man Dick Bremer were at the Ickey Nickel.

The last three seasons have not gone well for Minnesota, with two last-place finishes -- then a 66-96 record last season to finish fourth.

In the off-season, the Twins signed veteran starting pitchers Ricky Nolasco -- who won 13 games, and ex-Yankee Phil Hughes, who won 16 games two years ago, so help is on the way.

"As a fan looking on, it seems like we have a long ways to go and to be honest we do," said Duensing. "But at the same time it's not that far. If a couple things go right for us, we're right there fighting for the division."

"We had a lot of people left on base this year," said Pressly. "Having 12 to 17 guys left on base, you're not going to win too many games like that. Getting hits in a timely part of the game would be helpful and starting pitching, that's what it really came down to."

It's six weeks until the Twins' first official workout of spring training.

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