Twins brew up special experiences for charity auction

Twins brew up special experiences for charity auction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Considering general manager Terry Ryan's bout with neck cancer last year, the Twins know all about the importance of cancer research and treatment.

And with that in mind, the Twins, along with the other 29 Major League Baseball organizations, MLB, MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, are participating in a Winter Meetings charity effort for a fourth straight year to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Much of the funds go to Stand Up To Cancer, which has partnered with MLB since 2008.

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The Twins are offering several autographed items as well as two experiences, as fans can bid to take a hitting lesson with hitting coach Tom Brunansky or brew beer with closer Glen Perkins. Autographed items include signed balls by Paul Molitor, Torii Hunter, Mudcat Grant and Jose Berrios; signed photos by Rod Carew, Bert Blyleven, Jim Thome, Michael Cuddyer and Molitor; and a pair of autographed bats by Carew. The Twins are also offering game-used dirt from the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field.

The auction is live on MLB.com until Thursday at 8 p.m. CT.

Additionally, this year's auction is set to benefit Do It for Durrett to support the late ESPN.com Rangers beat writer Richard Durrett, as well as the YouCaring page for Sun Sentinel Marlins beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez, who is currently battling brain cancer.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.