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In this April 3 file photo, former Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew poses with a statue of him unveiled near Target Field in Minneapolis. Killebrew was the American League MVP in 1969. (Associated Press)

Killebrew battling cancer

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By Jon Krawczynski, AP Baseball Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

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The 74-year-old Killebrew released a statement through the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, saying he expects to make a full recovery from the "very serious" condition.

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