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. It marked the first time the A's had swept the Twins since 2002, and their first series sweep in Minnesota since April of 2000.
It was also the first time Minnesota had been swept since losing all three games against Detroit back on May 25-27. In fact, it was following that sweep at the hands of the Tigers that Minnesota took care of Oakland in three straight games. The Twins won a pair of one-run games -- including one on a walk-off homer by former Athletic Josh Willingham -- before winning the finale by a 4-0 final.
This weekend's games weren't nearly as close. After dropping Friday's ...