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Game 56: Twins @ Athletics

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First Pitch: 9:05 PM CDT
TV: Fox Sports North
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Athletics Nation
Disturbing Heavy Metal Video from My Youth: "Tears Are Falling," KISS.

The suddenly punchless Twins will attempt to end their 3-game skid against the suddenly hittable Dallas Braden.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Scott Baker 5-4 11 11 0 0 0 0 66.1 75 33 33 7 16 53 4.48 1.37

As Dickandbert will no doubt remind you this evening, there is ample foul territory at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, which plays to Baker's strengths. He is undefeated against the A's in his career, going 4-0 with a 3.24 ERA. Three of those wins have come on the road.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Dallas Braden 4-5 11 11 2 1 0 0 70.0 64 29 28 8 12 44 3.60 1.09

Since his perfect game, Braden has gone 0-3 with an ERA just north of 4. Detroit tagged him for five runs in 6 IP in his last start, a 10-2 loss. He is also winless against the Twins in four career starts, though his ERA is a respectable 2.81.

Your lineups and your notes are after your jump:


Lineup

Minnesota Twins @ Oakland Athletics

06/04/10 10:05 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins Oakland Athletics
Denard Span - CF Rajai Davis - CF
J.J. Hardy - SS Daric Barton - 1B
Joe Mauer - DH Ryan Sweeney - RF
Justin Morneau - 1B Kurt Suzuki - C
Jason Kubel - RF Jack Cust - DH
Delmon Young - LF Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B
Daniel Valencia - 3B Gabe Gross - LF
Nick Punto - 2B Mark Ellis - 2B
Drew Butera - C Adam Rosales - SS

As Gardy promised earlier, we're getting Danny Valencia again this evening, with Drew Butera thrown in at no extra cost. Good to see Hardy back in the fold.

Enjoy the game, everybody.