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After Chan Ho Park walked Joe Mauer and gave up a single to Justin Morneau to start the seventh, Chad Gaudin entered and served up Kubel's second homer of the game. With the crowd bellowing "Kuuuuuuuube!" the slumping slugger took his curtain call and received a standing ovation.
The Twins have hit only 12 home runs in their new ballpark and frustration was building as the cool air and swirling winds knocked down several that they were certain should have reached the seats.
Coming off a career year in which he hit .300 with 28 homers and 103 RBIs, Kubel entered the game hitting .217 with three homers and 22 RBIs.
NOTES: Gaudin, signed on Wednesday, made his season debut, and was charged with one run, two hits, a walk and three strikeouts in 1 2-3 innings. ... Gardenhire said 3B Nick Punto (finger) is expected to return to the lineup on Friday night against Texas after missing the past four games. ... Mauer's throwing error in the fourth was just the 10th committed by the Twins this season.
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