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Thome's home run ties Robinson

Minnesota Twins third baseman Matt Tolbert fields a sharp grounder off the bat of Kansas City Royals' Wilson Betemit before throwing him out during the sixth inning. AP Photo/Jim Mone

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's Jim Thome has moved into a tie for eighth place on baseball's all-time home run list with Frank Robinson, after hitting No. 586.

Thome went deep in the sixth inning on a 3-2 count, giving the Twins a 10-2 lead over Kansas City on Tuesday night. This was Thome's 22nd homer of the season, estimated by the team's media relations staff at 452 feet.

The ball soared over right field and past the American flag, traveling to almost exactly the same place his estimated 480-foot shot landed in Monday's game against the Royals. Thome has four home runs in his last three games.

After a little prompting from the Target Field crowd, Thome stepped out of the dugout and waved to the fans.

The Twins went on to win the game 10-3.?Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano earned the win and improved to 13-7 on the season.

The Twins scored six runs in the third inning.