Twins to host 2013 Big Ten baseball tourney

Twins to host 2013 Big Ten baseball tourney

Twins to host 2013 Big Ten baseball tourney
Target Field will play host to the Big Ten Baseball Tournament next year, the conference announced on Friday.

It'll be the first time the conference's annual postseason tournament will be played at a Major League ballpark. It had been held in Columbus, Ohio, since 2009 (at Huntington Park in '09 and '11, and at Ohio State's Bill Davis Stadium in '10), and will be again this year.

Prior to the neutral-site location in Columbus, the tournament was played at the site of the regular-season champion or the champion from a pre-selected division, with the exception of two years in Battle Creek, Mich.

The conference also announced that the 2014 event will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., the site of the NCAA Division I College World Series.

Minnesota leads the conference with nine tournament titles. The Golden Gophers hosted the event in 1984, '86, 2000, '02, '03 and '04.

Minnesota also played one game at Target Field this season -- on May 5 against Penn State -- but plays its home games at the Metrodome, the Twins' former home.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.