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6/1 Game Thread: Minnesota Twins @ Oakland Athletics

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Neither club is what they were three or four years ago, both struggling to keep pace with new powers within their division.

Barry, Boof Bonser. Boof Bonser, Barry. Nobody knows who Boof Bonser is, unless they've been curious about the name. Everyone knows who Barry Zito is. The master of the slow arcing curve. Cy Young award winner in 2002 at age 24. Leader of Billy Beane's sabermetrically constructed teams of the Oakland playoff run.

While Bonser began to make a name for himself in the month of May, Zito got his groove back by mowing down his competition. Both pitchers attempt to take their successes of the past month into what will be a telling month for both teams.

Month of May
Player     GS  IP   H ER  K BB ERA

Barry Zito  6 41.0 31  6 28 20 1.32
Boof Bonser 2 11.0 13  5 13  4 4.09

The game kicks off in about 15 minutes.  BOOF BOOF BOOF BOOF...

Lineups
Minnesota Twins
Name        POS   AVG HR  OBP
Ford        LF   .234  2 .307
Castillo    2B   .309  2 .372
Mauer       C    .359  4 .420
Hunter      CF   .269  9 .330
Cuddyer     RF   .295  7 .367
Morneau     1B   .244 10 .307
White       DH   .195  0 .211
Batista     3B   .250  5 .308
Castro      SS   .238  1 .265

Oakland Athletics
Name        POS   AVG HR  OBP
Kotsay      CF   .271  4 .330
Swisher     LF   .305 16 .407
Chavez      3B   .276 12 .370
Thomas      DH   .227 11 .354
Crosby      SS   .254  8 .294
Payton      RF   .256  2 .276
Johnson     1B   .196  2 .288
Kendall     C    .264  1 .367
Scutaro     2B   .141  0 .274

Pitchers
Name        ERA
Bonser     4.09
Zito       3.16