After being shut down offensively through six innings, the A’s broke out for three runs in the seventh, keyed by a go-ahead two-run single from Coco Crisp, in a 3-1 win over the Twins on Independence Day at Target Field.
The Twins’ starting rotation just hasn’t been able to catch a break on this homestand. Three times in the last four games, Minnesota starters have taken strong starts late into the game before being undone by a combination of bad luck and inherited runners being let in by the bullpen.
The A’s and Twins will look to generate some July 4 fireworks of their own when they meet on Monday afternoon at Target Field in the opener of a three-game series, as Minnesota’s surging offense meets a struggling Oakland pitching staff.
Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels has been one of the most untouchable pitchers in the Major Leagues this season, particularly on the road, where he hadn’t lost a game since late 2015.
After allowing a combined four runs over his previous five starts, Rangers ace Cole Hamels turned in his worst outing of the year, allowing five runs in a season-low four-plus innings in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.
The Twins recalled outfielder Eddie Rosario from Triple-A Rochester and designated reliever Kevin Jepsen for assignment before Sunday’s series finale against the Rangers. Rosario hit eighth and started in left field against Texas.
Twins right fielder Max Kepler doesn’t really think he did anything differently at the plate on Saturday afternoon, when he smacked two homers and drove in a career-high seven as part of a 17-5 pasting of the Rangers.
Although the Twins were able to jump all over Rangers starter Chi Chi Gonzalez on Saturday afternoon, they will face a much tougher task in Sunday’s series finale at Target Field when left-hander Cole Hamels takes the mound for Texas.
Max Kepler hit a pair of three-run homers to help set the Twins rookie record for RBIs in a game with seven, while fellow former top prospects Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton also had big days at the plate in a 17-5 rout of the Rangers on Saturday at Target Field.
Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar exited after the second inning of Saturday afternoon’s game against the Rangers after appearing to injure his left hamstring while sliding into home plate in the first inning.
It’s already difficult enough simply to make the transition into the Major Leagues, but Twins left-hander Taylor Rogers has had to do more than just elevate his play to the big league level over the last two months — he’s had to adjust to a completely new role as well.
The outfield walls at Target Field have gotten pummeled on quite a few occasions by Twins center fielder Byron Buxton during his short tenure with Minnesota over the course of several highlight-reel leaping, wall-smashing catches. Those poor walls got another faceful of Buxton in the 10th inning of Minnesota’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers on […]