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Joe Mauer of the Twins watches his two-run home run off White Sox starting pitcher Freddy Garcia, also scoring Denard Span, during the second inning Tuesday night in Chicago. Associated Press

Home runs power Twins

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CHICAGO -- Jim Thome hit his 579th homer, Joe Mauer had three more hits and the Minnesota Twins took sole possession of the AL Central lead by beating the Chicago White Sox 12-6 on Tuesday night.

For the Twins, it was a good start to a series be-tween the top two teams in the division. Now, they're alone atop the Central.

They pounded out five homers, starting with Thome's drive to left-center in the second kicked off a four-run burst.

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