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A.J. Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 Thursday afternoon to increase their division lead heading into a crucial weekend series.
Josh Reddick homered and had three RBIs for Oakland, which has a 3 1/2 game lead over idle Texas in the American League West. It is Oakland's largest lead over the Rangers since Aug. 3. The teams are to scheduled play a three-game series this weekend in the Lone Star State.
Oswaldo Arcia homered for Minnesota, which has lost six of eight.
In winning his fourth straight start, Griffin (14-9) struck out eight and walked just one batter.
Making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A, Minnesota starter Scott Diamond (5-11) allowed five runs - four earned - in 4 2-3 innings.
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This weekend, the Oakland Athletics take on the Texas Rangers for the last time this season. The last time they met, there was an all-out struggle for the American League West lead. The A’s won the first and third game of the three games series against the Rangers during the first week of September to tied with the Texas team for first in the AL West. But the Athletics...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The strikeout totals for Minnesota's batters have been alarming. The Twins already set a club record for the most strikeouts in a season, and that number continues to grow.
In Friday's 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay, it was the strikeouts Minnesota's hitters simply sat and watched that bothered manager Ron Gardenhire.
The Twins struck out 11 times against the...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Scott Diamond thought he had things figured out after a demotion to Triple A in early August helped him get his confidence back.
In his first major league start since then, it was back to square one for the Twins left-hander.
Diamond was tagged with the loss Thursday as Oakland scored five runs (four earned) on six hits as Minnesota fell 8-2 to the visiting Athletics...
While Sonny Gray has pitched well since joining the Oakland Athletics' rotation, he hasn't been backed by much support.
Manager Bob Melvin's offense couldn't get it done in the opener of this three-game set, either.
Gray tries to bounce back from a hard-luck loss Wednesday night as AL West-leading Oakland continues its playoff push against the Minnesota Twins at Target...
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Adding Kevin Correia was not the kind of offseason move that caused a buzz around baseball or made Minnesota Twins fans buy a bunch of tickets.
The veteran has given the Twins good value, though. Imagine their rotation without the right-hander.
Chris Archer pitched six innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays added to their slim wild-card lead by beating Correia and the Twins 3-0 on Friday...
Minnesota Twins Class A outfielder Byron Buxton was named the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, marking the the second time in the 33-year history of the award that a Twins prospect has been honored. Franchise catcher Joe Mauer was selected in 2003, his third professional season.
Buxton spent his first full season in the minor leagues and hit a hit a combined...
Jed Lowrie's foul ball that turned into a two-run double after umpires changed the call highlighted a 10-run fourth inning as the Oakland Athletics pounded the Minnesota Twins 18-3 on Wednesday night.
Every Oakland starter had at least one hit, one run and one RBI as the A's recorded a season-high 22 hits and extended their lead over Texas in the AL West to three games....
Clinging to the AL's second wild-card spot, the Tampa Bay Rays would appear to have a good chance to help their cause this weekend.
The visiting Rays go for a 10th consecutive victory over the lowly Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game set Friday night.
Tampa Bay (79-66) had dropped five of six and 13 of 17 before beating Boston 4-3 on Thursday. Desmond Jennings homered...
Scott Diamond finished last season as the only pitcher assured of a spot in Minnesota's rotation.
One year later, the left-hander isn't sure of much, starting with getting the ball to go where he wants it to.
A.J. Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat Diamond and the Twins 8-2 on Thursday afternoon to increase their division lead...
It was one of those nights where baseball became pinball and the A's were in danger of breaking the scoreboard counter.
In the end Oakland was an 18-3 victor over the Minnesota Twins on a night where every ball that could fell in and A's starter Sonny Gray spent enough time on the bench between innings to get his taxes done.
Actually keeping his taxes straight might have...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Chris Archer pitched six scoreless innings and the Tampa Bay Rays added to their slim wild-card lead by beating the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Friday night.
The Rays hold the second wild-card spot with four teams still in striking range. They nudged their edge to 1 games over Cleveland, due to a loss by New York that pushed the Yankees to two games back. Baltimore...
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SEC Football is so messed up.
Oakland 8, Minnesota 2 – The Twins appear ready for the offseason.
Cleveland 14, Chicago 3 – Chicago too.
Cleveland 3, Chicago 1 (Today) – At least they didn’t give up a touchdown, right?
Eight losses in 10 games. From three games up in the AL West to 3 1/2 games back. Struggling at the plate and on the mound.
Yep, it's becoming another September to forget for the Texas Rangers, who host the first-place Oakland Athletics for a crucial three-game series beginning Friday night.
Texas led the West from mid-April to late September in 2012, but it lost nine of its...