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Spring Training 2012: Gardy set to take his chances with Matt Capps

As the Twins' pitchers and catchers head to Fort Myers, Fla., this week, manager Ron Gardenhire tells Fox Sports North that he has a lot of confidence in Matt Capps to step into the closer role in 2012.
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As the Twins' pitchers and catchers head to Fort Myers, Fla., this week, manager Ron Gardenhire tells Fox Sports North that he has a lot of confidence in Matt Capps to step into the closer role in 2012.

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