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Chris Carter and Yoenis Cespedes each homered and drove in three runs, powering the Oakland Athletics past the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Saturday night.
Seth Smith and Brandon Moss also homered to beat Cole De Vries (2-2) and back Tommy Milone (9-6). The A's won for the eighth time in nine games to move two games above the .500 mark for the first time in two months.
The ball was flying all over Target Field, and the A's outhomered the Twins 4-2 on this steamy night. They've gone deep at least once in 19 of their last 20 games and have crept into the wild-card race by winning 23 of their last 36.
Minnesota had 14 hits and every starter had at least one, but still lost its fourth in a row. Josh Willingham each homered, but twice the Twins were thrown out at second base trying to stretch a single.
Willingham, well on his way to surpassing his career high of 29 homers, has gone deep five times in five games this year against his former team. He has 22.
Milone turned in the...
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MINNEAPOLIS After Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano struck out a career-high 15 batters Friday against Oakland, he credited part of it to being on the same page as catcher Drew Butera. Statistically speaking, there's something to that.
Liriano has indeed pitched better with Butera behind the plate this season compared to when Joe Mauer or Ryan Doumit catches. Liriano has...
MINNEAPOLIS Since becoming a member of the Minnesota Twins late in the 2009 season, Carl Pavano has been an innings-eater. The 14-year veteran pitched over 220 innings in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. No matter how the rest of the rotation was pitching at the time, the Twins could count on Pavano to pitch deep into games.
That hasn't been the case in 2012, and no one is more...
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins closer Matt Capps rejoined his team Friday after spending time on the 15-day disabled list. But manager Ron Gardenhire said the plan is to ease Capps back into the closer's role.
"We'll put him in a couple of different situations," Gardenhire said before Friday's game against Oakland at Target Field. "This is the big leagues...
MINNEAPOLIS Camilo Pascual's curveball was a big reason he led the American League in strikeouts for three straight seasons during his career. And on Saturday, that curveball helped Pascual earn a spot in the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.
Pascual, a native of Havana, Cuba, became the 24th member inducted into the team's Hall of Fame prior to Saturday's game at Target...
MINNEAPOLIS Francisco Liriano has shown throughout his career that he can be a dominating pitcher. But Friday's outing may have been Liriano's most dominant start to date.
The Twins left-hander fanned a career-high 15 batters Friday against Oakland, baffling Athletics hitters for eight innings. Yet one rough inning was all it took for Liriano and the Twins to come away...
MINNEAPOLIS Josh Willingham spent just one season in Oakland, but he set a career high with 29 home runs last year with the Athletics.
One year later, Willingham is on pace to surpass that total with the Minnesota Twins, and he's taking advantage of his former team in the process.
After hitting two home runs in Friday's loss to Oakland, Willingham hit another in Saturday...
The All-Star break didn't slow the Oakland Athletics, and a thumb injury isn't posing a problem for Yoenis Cespedes.
He'll try to keep the A's hot Sunday as they look to complete a three-game road sweep of the Minnesota Twins for the first time in more than 12 years.
Oakland (45-43) entered the break winning six of seven, and has picked up right where it left off...
MINNEAPOLIS The last time the Minnesota Twins faced the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota emerged with a three-game sweep of the A's at Target Field. But Oakland is a much-improved team since that late-May series, as the Twins found out the hard way this weekend.
Minnesota dropped Sunday's series finale by a 9-4 final score as Oakland completed a three-game sweep of the Twins...
The Cardinals have signed free-agent left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes to a minor league contract.
The 36-year-old Fuentes was designated for assignment and later released by the Oakland A's on Thursday after posting a 6.84 ERA in 26 games. He had five saves, including his 200th career save on May 2, and three blown saves.
Fuentes has been of interest to the Cardinals for...
Minnesota Twins starter Francisco Liriano was cruising through the Oakland Athletics lineup Friday, looking as dominant as he did when he threw a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox last season.
Then, Oakland's Johnny Gomes deposited his one bad pitch into the second deck in left field for a grand slam. In past cases, it would have been the beginning of the end for the enigmatic...
(1.) How many hits did it take to get 999 runs? (2.) At what point did the Twins go to position players as to save the bullpen for today’s game? (3.) Will Ron Gardenhire lose his job over this embarrassing loss? Helluva fantasy baseball night.
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Jonny Gomes' grand slam helped the Oakland Athletics overcome a career-high 15 strikeouts from Francisco Liriano and beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Friday.
Liriano's 15 strikeouts were the second most in Twins' history and most since Johan Santana fanned 17 Texas batters at the Metrodome on Aug. 19, 2007.
Josh Willingham hit two home runs for Minnesota which has lost...
Francisco Liriano struck out a career high 15 batters on Friday night against the Oakland Athletics, but failed to win the game after giving up a grand slam to Jonny Gomes.
The 15 batters fanned by Liriano on Friday was the second most in Twins’ history, two behind Johan Santana’s record 17 strikeouts in 2007 against the Texas Rangers. Liriano recorded ten straight outs to start...
It's been nearly 11 months since the last time the Baltimore Orioles visited Minnesota, and that's probably just fine with the Twins.
Jim Thome's final game in a Twins uniform was the same day as the Orioles' last visit, but he's made frequent trips back to haunt Minnesota.
Losers of 10 of 14 overall, Thome and the Orioles look to get well Monday night when...