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Kirby Puckett, a Hall of Fame outfielder who won two World Series in a 12-year career with the Minnesota Twins, died yesterday, a day after suffering a stroke at his Arizona home. He was 45.

Puckett was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., after undergoing surgery Sunday at a nearby hospital. He was given last rites and died in the afternoon.

Puckett will be honored with a moment of silence before today's World Baseball Classic game in Phoenix between the United States and Mexico.

Known for his squat frame, bubbly personality and boundless determination, Puckett was a beloved figure in Minnesota. But at 35 he was forced to...