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09/05/08 8:36 PM ET

Twins glad to be home after road trip

Team takes it easy after 14-game trek away from Metrodome

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' clubhouse was a tad quieter than usual and the batting cages on the field were empty for most of Friday afternoon.

After enduring 14 games in 15 days on the road and arriving back to Minnesota around 1:30 a.m. CT, the Twins decided that Friday might be a good day to ease back into things at home.

"It was a heck of a trip," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We got in late last night, not as bad as it could have been because we got through customs pretty good. But this is a tired group here. It's a good day to refresh ourselves."

The Twins didn't take their regular afternoon batting practice, but hitting coach Joe Vavra was still busy at work in the cages with many of the Twins' players. There were also numerous players out on the field getting in some work, including the many callups who had yet to play in the Metrodome.

It was a tad unusual for such a laid back environment prior to a night game, but Gardenhire said it was the perfect timing for such an event.

"We've taken a lot of BP this year," Gardenhire said. "We told the guys to take a little breather. Just do their work in the cage and then let's play a ballgame."

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