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10/29/11 12:45 PM ET

Lefebvre is 'frontrunner' to be Twins' radio voice

KANSAS CITY -- Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre is "the frontrunner" to become the play-by-play radio voice of the Minnesota Twins, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Lefebvre, who just completed his 13th season with the Royals, joined them in 1999 after beginning his big league broadcasting career with four seasons calling Twins games on the radio and TV. The Twins' job became available with the retirement of long-time announcer John Gordon.

For the past four seasons, Lefebvre has been the Royals' primary television voice, working with the late Paul Splittorff and Frank White as analysts and Joel Goldberg as pre- and postgame host. Before that he worked radio games with Denny Matthews, who has been with the Royals since their inception in 1969.

Lefebvre essentially switched roles with Bob Davis, who joined Matthews in the radio booth along with Steve Stewart. Lefebvre still enjoyed doing radio games, however, and did so on days when Royals games were not on TV.

His ties to Minneapolis run deep. He played baseball at the University of Minnesota and did broadcasts for the Gophers' football, hockey and volleyball games.

A Royals spokesman said the club was aware of the Twins' interest in Lefebvre. The Twins, searching for a lead voice to work with analyst Dan Gladden, could make an announcement in a week or so, according to the Star Tribune.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.