OAKLAND -- Target Field was named "The Sports Facility of the Year" by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily at the 2011 Sports Business Awards Ceremony on Wednesday in New York City.
"The Twins are honored to have won such a prestigious award," said Twins president Dave St. Peter. "We are immensely grateful to our many partners like Populous, Mortenson Construction, Hennepin County and the Minnesota Ballpark Authority, whose collaboration, ingenuity and support helped make Target Field such a landmark facility."
Target Field won the award over Amway Arena (home of the Orlando Magic), Arrowhead Stadium (home of the Kansas City Chiefs), Consol Energy Center (home of the Pittsburgh Penguins), New Meadowlands Stadium (home of the New York Giants/Jets) and Red Bull Arena (home of the New York Red Bulls).
"Target Field is a ballpark beloved by its fans, offering a wonderful benefit to its community, and now honored by industry leaders," said Earl Santee, Populous Senior Principal. "We knew from the outset it would be a great project. It's nice to receive validation as the best sports facility in the country; one that is a model to be revered and studied for future stadia development."
Thome and Repko set to return on Monday
OAKLAND -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said designated hitter Jim Thome and outfielder Jason Repko will be activated from the disabled list before Monday's game against the Mariners at Target Field.
Thome had five at-bats in an extended spring training game for the second straight day on Wednesday, while Repko went 0-for-4 in his second game with Triple-A Rochester after going 2-for-5 with a homer on Tuesday.
"Thome is going to join us at home, and the plan is the same thing for Repko," Gardenhire said. "We just want them to get through the weekend. Repko needs at-bats and Thome definitely needs more at-bats, and this gives them the opportunity."
Gardenhire said Thome is better suited to get at-bats down at the club's Spring Training complex to get his swing in order, rather than be activated this weekend when the club plays the D-backs in interleague action at Chase Field, as he'd only serve as a pinch-hitter with no designated hitters in National League parks. Thome is scheduled to play in his next rehab game on Friday.
Young gets a day to clear head
OAKLAND -- Left fielder Delmon Young was held out of the lineup for a second consecutive day, as he's had problems at the plate since being activated from the disabled list on Friday.
Young went just 1-for-16 with 10 strikeouts and a sacrifice fly over his last 17 plate appearances, so Ben Revere started in left field for a second straight night.
"As we saw, Delmon was scuffling along, and this gives him a chance to take BP and get out there and relax a little bit and watch a couple [games]" Gardenhire said. "So we'll let him get back in there tomorrow."
Gardenhire also said he's liked what he's been seeing from Revere, who brings a contact-orientated approach and speed to the lineup.
"I like the speed and the run-around a little bit, but we definitely need Delmon to get in there and get his swings," Gardenhire said. "It was just back-to-back days to get a breather and a mental break, and we'll go from there."
OAKLAND -- Twins trainer Dave Pruemer gave another rundown of the Twins' injured players before Wednesday's game against the A's.
Left-hander Jose Mijares (left elbow strain) is scheduled to throw on Saturday, after his MRI revealed no damage on Tuesday.
Catcher Joe Mauer (bilateral leg weakness) began his workouts at the club's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., and participated in baseball activities such as batting practice and throwing drills.
Second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka (broken left fibula) also resumed sprinting drills, and is inching closer to running the bases at full speed, which is likely the last step he needs before playing in rehab games.
"Running the bases hard will probably [be] one of the last things to go," Pruemer said.