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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.

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.

"With my wife, Nita, by my side, I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life," Killebrew said.

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