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12/22/2008 12:19 PM ET
Twins announce 2009 Winter Caravan schedule
Caravan starts Jan. 12, stopping in more than 60 communities throughout Twins Territory
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MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins today announced the schedule for the ballclub's 49th Annual Winter Caravan. This year's Twins Winter Caravan features stops in more than 60 communities throughout the Upper Midwest between January 12 and January 29.

The Twins Winter Caravan is one of the longest running and most extensive offseason team caravans in professional sports. The Twins Winter Caravan features five teams of current and former players visiting schools, hospitals and Upper Midwest corporations and service clubs during the day with a traditional "hot stove" program each evening in association with a Twins Radio Network affiliate and Fox Sports North.

Current Twins scheduled to participate include manager Ron Gardenhire, hitting coach Joe Vavra, pitching coach Rick Anderson, pitchers Scott Baker, Jesse Crain, Glen Perkins, Kevin Slowey, Matt Guerrier and Nick Blackburn, outfielder Denard Span, catcher Mike Redmond, designated hitter Jason Kubel and Twins mascot T.C. Former Twin Tony Oliva is also scheduled to appear.

Most of the Twins Winter Caravan tours will be led by members of the Twins radio/television broadcast team, including Twins radio announcers Kris Atteberry, John Gordon, Dan Gladden and Jack Morris. Twins great and TV analyst Bert Blyleven and play-by-play man Dick Bremer will also participate, as will members of the Twins front office.

A schedule of 2009 Upper Midwest communities and personnel included in the 2009 Twins Winter Caravan can be found below (schedule and players are subject to change). Specific times and locations within those communities will be announced in the coming days on www.twinsbaseball.com/wintercaravan. For more information on the 2009 Twins Winter Caravan, fans should tune into their local Twins Radio Network affiliate. Fans can also visit the Twins Web site at www.twinsbaseball.com or phone (612) 33-TWINS or 1-800-33-TWINS.

2009 Twins Winter Caravan Schedule
(specific information about each stop will be posted on www.twinsbaseball.com/wintercaravan. in the coming days)

NORTHWEST TOUR
Manager Ron Gardenhire, hitting coach Joe Vavra, pitcher Glen Perkins
Monday, January 12: University Academies, Little Falls, Alexandria
Tuesday, January 13: Fergus Falls, Wahpeton, Pelican Rapids, Detroit Lakes
Wednesday, January 14: Erskine, Fosston, Thief River Falls, Crookston
Thursday, January 15: Grand Forks, Mayville, Valley City, Fargo

NORTH TOUR
Catcher Mike Redmond, pitcher Matt Guerrier, Twins Radio Network's Kris Atteberry
Monday, January 12: Amery/Balsam Lake, Pine City, Moose Lake, Duluth
Tuesday, January 13: Ely, Hibbing, Grand Rapids
Wednesday, January 14: Black Duck, Bemidji, Brainerd
Thursday, January 15: Aitkin, Staples, Wadena

CENTRAL TOUR
Pitchers Kevin Slowey and Jesse Crain, Fox Sports Net's Bert Blyleven and Twins Radio Network's John Gordon
Monday, January 19: Caravan Contest winner, Red Wing, Rochester
Tuesday, January 20: Owatonna, Albert Lea, Austin
Wednesday, January 21: Green Isle, McLeod County West, Saint Cloud
Thursday, January 22: Benson, Montevideo, Redwood Falls, Marshall

SOUTH TOUR
Pitchers Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn, pitching coach Rick Anderson and Twins Radio Network's Dan Gladden
Monday, January 19: Northfield, Faribault, Mankato
Tuesday, January 20: New Ulm, Minnesota Lake, Spencer
Wednesday, January 21: Cedar Falls, New Hampton, Mason City
Thursday, January 22: Decorah, Rushford, Winona

SOUTHWEST TOUR
Outfielder Denard Span, designated hitter Jason Kubel, Twins alumni Tony Oliva, Fox Sports Net's Dick Bremer
Monday, January 26: New Ulm, Windom, Worthington, Sioux Falls
Tuesday, January 27: Yankton, Chamberlain, Pierre
Wednesday, January 28: Huron, Watertown, Aberdeen
Thursday, January 29: Millbank/Ortonville, Morris, Glenwood, Willmar
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