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(Associated Press) Jim Thome of the Minnesota Twins hits a three-run home run against Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Felipe Paulino in the sixth inning Sunday in Minneapolis.

Thome's 596th HR lifts Twins

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By Jon Krawczynski, AP Baseball Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Thome has been plagued by aches and pains for the better part of a decade. They just seem to be coming around a little more often in his 19th season.

A strained oblique and bothersome toe injury on his left foot have slowed his chase of 600 career homers, but the Minnesota Twins are sticking with him for moments like the sixth inning on Sunday against Kansas City.

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