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Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire, left, is thrown out by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor after protesting the ejection of Twins' catcher Mike Redmond in the seventh inning in a game against the Red Sox May 28, 2009 in Minneapolis. (Associated Press)

Gardenhire wins AL Manager of Year award

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By Ben Walker, AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK -- Ron Gardenhire became a first-time Manager of the Year Wednesday after so many near misses.

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Gardenhire was the clear choice in the American League, earning the honor after five times as the runner-up. He led Minnesota to its sixth AL Central title in nine seasons.

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