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MINNEAPOLIS - After joining Cleveland for the final month, Jason Kubel found himself in a familiar place in Minnesota when the Indians finished the regular season. During that series with the Twins, Kubel stopped in the home clubhouse to see some of his old teammates and coaches. Manager Ron Gardenhire got to the point. "I said, Why arent you in this clubhouse?" Gardenhire recalled. "He said, Well, lets talk over the winter. And we talked." Less than three months later, Kubel signed with the Twins. Hell be at spring training next month on a minor league contract, but if he is added to the 40-man roster he would receive a $2 million base salary. There are bonuses built in, too: $150,000 each for 300 and 350 plate appearances and $200,000 for 400 plate appearances; and $150,000 each for 30 and 60 days on the active major league roster, excluding time on the disabled list, and $200,000 for 90 days on the active major league roster. Thats an extra $1 million waiting for him if hes healthy and productive enough to re-establish himself as an everyday player. "The guy can put some swings on the ball and put it in the seats. He can carry a ballclub," Gardenhire said. "Im not saying hes here to do that, but I think hes going to be very valuable for us if he comes and proves that in spring training that hes still good and healthy." Kubel isnt the only former Twins standout whos back for a second time. Shortstop Jason Bartlett was signed to a minor league deal and will be in camp vying for a spot. General manager Terry Ryan also confirmed over the weekend the team has maintained interest in two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, who is recovering from a second surgery on the left shoulder that kept him out of the 2011 and 2013 seasons. Santana probably wont be ready to pitch until the summer, and hed surely have other teams to pick from. But the theme the Twins are following is clear: leadership ability and winning experience, two important traits theyve largely lacked the last three years while losing at least 96 games each time. Bartlett and Kubel are past their prime, a decline accelerated by injuries, but if theyre healthy they could help enhance the roster. Pedro Florimon is a slick fielder, but even for a shortstop a .278 career on-base percentage wont cut it for long. If the 27-year-old wins the job again, Bartlett could still be in line for a utility spot, competing with Eduardo Escobar. "I feel like a rookie again," Bartlett said over the weekend at the teams annual fan festival, held at Target Field for the first time. Bartlett was traded to Tampa Bay before the 2008 season. He went to the World Series that fall and had a career year in 2009. But his production sharply decreased in 2010, and he was traded to San Diego. Limited by a sprained right knee in 2012, Bartlett was released that summer batting just .133. He didnt play at all in 2013, and he thought his career could be over. He had surgery to fix the knee, though, and the 34-year-old said hes been working out pain-free since. Before choosing the Twins, however, he had to talk to the boss. "He was concerned about if he had a chance to make the club, and I said, Absolutely. You come into my spring training and you prove youre healthy, I know youre a winner. I know you know how to play," Gardenhire said. Kubel signed shortly after Bartlett. "Jason Tyner called me and said, Whats going on? Is this an old-timers game? Do I need to pack my bag or what?" Bartlett said. "That was funny. We have good memories here." Including, of course, the 2006 season when the Twins went 96-66, one game behind the New York Mets and Yankees for the best record in baseball. "We both have been on this team when we were doing well," said Kubel, who also spent time at TwinsFest. "They kind of wanted to bring that attitude back. Theyve got the right guys to do that with." Kubel signed with Arizona for two years and $15 million prior to the 2012 season, but last year he was bothered by knee and quadriceps trouble on his left leg and stumbled to career lows in every significant statistical category. He was designated for assignment and then traded to Cleveland. Just two years ago, though, he hit 30 homers and drove in 90 runs for the Diamondbacks. There are openings in the outfield for him to fill. "It just didnt work out last year," he said. "Healthy now. No issues. ... Im just really excited to get started." Tony Gwynn Jersey .J. -- After getting permission from his 7-year-old daughter, New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl has retired after an 11-year career that included two Super Bowl championships. Travis Wood Jersey . 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The 19-year-old on-loan midfielder displayed his excellent technique with clinical finishes in each half, although the visitors will have felt aggrieved not to have reached the break on level terms. Round-up: United win again Hope springs eternal for Dundee United after another win Hearts also ended the game with 10 men after Juwon Oshaniwa was dismissed in second half injury time, and it was the visitors who took the lead with the most simple of goals as early as the fifth minute. As the ball fell kindly to Jamie Walker on the edge of the penalty area, the forward steadied himself before calmly finding the top left-hand corner of the net with very little back-lift. The goal was the first by Hearts at Celtic Park for 296 minutes.Celtics first real effort came on 14 when Neil Alexander dived high to his right to push away a Leigh Griffiths free-kick.And from the resulting corner the hosts were level. With the visiting defence failing to clear the danger, the ball found its way to Gary Mackay-Steven who clinically dispatched it into the bottom right-hand corner of the net from 20 yards.As the game continued to sway from one end of the park to the other, Oshaniwa and Arnaud Djoum both had chances for Hearts while Griffiths was once again denied by Alexander. Jamie Walker (partiallyy hidden) gives Hearts an early lead in Glasgow And the Jambos came mighty close to regaining the lead in the 27th minute when a superb curling free-kick by Alim Ozturk clipped the top of the bar with Craig Gordon well beaten.ddddddddddddHowever, less than a minute after Juanma had wasted another glorious opportunity for Hearts, the hosts were ahead on 35.After Tom Rogic had battled to claim the ball 40 yards out, he slipped it through to Roberts who glided into the box before using the outside of his foot to steer it wide of Alexander.In first half stoppage time, Alexander kept his side in the contest a little longer after blocking a fierce Griffiths free-kick.Yet the game was all but up for the Edinburgh side early in the second half when Roberts broke into the box before clipping the ball into the bottom left-hand corner to leave Hearts two goals adrift.The remainder of the match was certainly less eventful than for most of the opening 45 minutes, with Celtic seemingly content to see the game out with the minimum of effort while Hearts appeared to accept their fate of a 12th defeat in 14 meetings with the Glasgow giants. Tempers fray at Celtic Park, although the match was generally played in a good spirit There was just enough time for Gordon to pull off an excellent 89th minute save from Abiola Daudas eight-yard header following Liam Smiths cross.But by then the points were well and truly in the pocket of Ronny Deilas team who are now seven points clear with as many games left to play.And with 92 minutes on the clock, Hearts were reduced to 10 men when Oshaniwa was a little unfortunate to collect his second yellow card of the day. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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