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Minnesota Twins offer free baseball and softball clinic to area youth

The Play Ball! Minnesota initiative is a collaboration between the Minnesota Community Fund and the Minnesota youth and baseball and softball organizations. For more information about the complete 2014 Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics schedule please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/community or call 1-800-33-TWINS. (Photo by Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)1 / 12
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Jason Bjork coached young ballplayers on throwing, fielding and other fundamentals at baseball and softball clinics in Grand Forks Friday.

The Play Ball! Minnesota initiative is a collaboration between the Minnesota Community Fund and the Minnesota youth and baseball and softball organizations. Their goal is to promote and improve the games of baseball and softball in the region while encouraging youth to stay in school and avoid drugs and alcohol.

Bjork, a coach with the clinic and former collegiate baseball player, has been with the Twins organization since 2001. During his 13 years with the club Jason has traveled to North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, teaching kids pitching and hitting.

While at the clinic kids learn to throw a two- and four-seam fastball, field ground balls, catch pop flies and correct their batting stance, while also gaining confidence and learning from former pro scouts and coaches.

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