Twins begin interviews for new manager

Former star P. Molitor may apply for the job



ST. PAUL, Minn. - The search for Tom Kelly's replacement hit full stride yesterday when Twins general manager Terry Ryan conducted his first interviews for the vacant managerial job.

Less than 48 hours after Kelly announced his retirement following 15 seasons at the Twins' helm, Ryan met with Ron Gardenhire, a coach on Kelly's staff the past six seasons.

Paul Molitor, a Twins coach the past two years, also was expected to be interviewed for the job, possibly yesterday. Neither he nor Ryan returned phone messages yesterday.

Gardenhire, a successful minor-league manager who spent the past three years as the Twins' third-base coach, said yesterday's interview lasted two to three hours. He said he wasn't told what the next step would be, how many others would be interviewed or what Ryan's timetable is for filling the position.

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