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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he's looking forward to being a part of the coaching staff for the All-Star Game, which will be held at Target Field on July 15.

Gardenhire was named to the staff by Red Sox manager John Farrell, who also named Indians skipper Terry Francona. It's the third time Gardenhire has been on All-Star coaching staff, as he was also on the staff in 2003 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field and in '07 at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

"It'll be fun being around John and his coaching staff," Gardenhire said. "I know those guys pretty decent. And Francona is always a blast. I've been around a few of these. I like watching the players and how they go about their business because you understand from the way they prepare why they are where they're at."

Gardenhire, though, said not to expect to see him in his old role coaching third base, as he doesn't want to make the highlight reels the way Tommy Lasorda did in 2001 when he flipped over backwards trying to avoid a bat coming at him.

"I don't want to get knocked down like Tommy Lasorda did," Gardenhire said with a laugh. "I'll be right there on the bench. I've coached first base for one or two innings. But my preference is to be on the bench and let John's coaching staff do their thing. They deserve it."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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