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Game 25: Oakland A's @ Minnesota Twins

Hector Santiago returns from a funeral, and the Twins try to go 2-0 in this series.

"I got HAR-AR-AR-ART! All you really need is HAR-AR-AR-ART!"
"I got HAR-AR-AR-ART! All you really need is HAR-AR-AR-ART!"
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First Pitch: 7:10 PM. Vegas odds: MIN -110 / +100 OAK

Weather: Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers, 61°

TV: FSN. Radio: Like Microwaves, But Can't Heat Pizza Rolls

Opponent's SB site: Athletics Nation

Hector Santiago scuffled effectively in his last outing, before going on the bereavement list due to his grandmother's death. We all hope time with family helped ease his sorrow, and most of us hope he comes out inspired against the A's tonight. (I mean, maybe Jose Berrios is reading this.)

Oakland starter Kendall Graveman (cool surname!), like Santiago, is having a career-improving start to this season. Per FanGraphs, Graveman is relying more heavily on his sinker than usual, only rarely mixing in a change or slider. Both pitchers have seen their strikeout rates go up -- WAY up, in Santiago's case. 2017 digits:

graveman stats

You could note, if you're a NERD, that unusually low average on balls in play means FIP considers Santiago to be hotter than Graveman right now. But that's not what you want! You want to see Ben Revere get some Graveman TOOTBLAN. I hear and obey. This happened last Friday:

Actually, it was Cliff Pennington being the real major nincompoop here. We still love ya, Ben!

Today's Lineups

Rajai Davis - CF Brian Dozier - 2B
Trevor "OOOO" Plouffe - 3B Max Kepler - RF
Ryon Healy - DH Miguel Sano - 3B
Khris Davis - LF Joe Mauer - 1B
Josh Phegley - C Lil' Kennys Vargas - DH
Adam Rosales - SS Jason Castro - C
Yonder Window Breaks Alonso - 1B Eduardo Escobar - SS
Chad Pinder - 2B "You'll Never Walk Alone" Rosario - LF
Matt Joyce - RF Byron Buxton - CF
Kendall Graveman - RHP Hector Santiago - LHP