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Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire smiles as the Twins produce three runs in the second inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox Sept. 18 in Chicago. Associated Press

Twins keep Gardenhire by giving manager 2-year extension

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By Jon Krawczynski, AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS — Ron Gardenhire had every reason to leave and the Minnesota Twins had every reason to let him walk away.

They had partnered for 12 seasons — an eternity in this day and age for a franchise and a manager. They had won a lot of games together — 998 to be exact — and six division titles. They also have endured three straight seasons of at least 96 losses, and the loyal fan base is starting to get impatient.

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