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By Dan MyersSpecial to SportsXchangeMINNEAPOLIS -- Playing against his former team, Minnesota Twins left fielder Josh Willingham did it again Wednesday. Less than 24 hours after clubbing a walk-off, three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Willingham blasted another homer Wednesday to lead the Twins to a 4-0 win over the Oakland A's. The victory was the Twins' first three-game sweep since taking down the San Diego Padres June 17-19 of last season. It also pushed Oakland's losing streak to eight. "These long losing streaks can take on a life of their own," said Athletics manager Bob Melvin. "They're not just going to end. Our spirit needs to be better." Willingham, who started the season on fire for Minnesota, but had cooled of late, finished the three-game set with four hits and seven RBIs. "He's gonna miss a few here and there, but when he puts a swing on it, he's a strong young man," said Tw...
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