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  W: B. Treinen (8-2)   L: M. Magill (3-3)
7:05 PM PT8:05 PM MT9:05 PM CT10:05 PM ET22:05 ET2:05 GMT10:05 7:05 PM MST9:05 PM EST9:35 PM VEN6:05 UAE (+1)9:05 PM CT, September 21, 2018
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 27,558

A's have way more to play for than Twins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Twins at Oakland Athletics

  1. After losing the first three games on their road trip, the Twins have now won four consecutive games, slashing .320/.372/.533 as a team while scoring 28 runs. This a .318 batting average with runners in scoring position in 47 chances.
  2. The Athletics put up 21 runs against the Angels on Wednesday, their most since September 30, 2000 (23). Eight different players scored multiple runs, the first time they have done that since 1929.
  3. The Athletics have won 16 of the 20 meetings with the Twins in the Coliseum dating back to 2012. The A's have hit 28 home runs in those games compared to Minnesota's 10, winning five of those games by one run.
  4. Stephen Piscotty added his 40th double of the season and 26th home run in the A's last series against the Angels. He is the first Athletic with at least 40 doubles and 25 home runs in a season since Eric Chavez in 2005.
  5. Willians Astudillo is slashing .351/.368/.541 with 10 RBI and zero strikeouts in September. He has gone 38 consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout, the second longest-streak in MLB behind Luis Guillorme (who is currently in the minors).
  6. Closer Blake Treinen has allowed only one earned run since July 24, posting an opponent slash line of .122/.163/.159 in that span. The Athletics are the only undefeated team when leading after the 7th inning this season, going 67-0.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/21/2018 thru 9/23/2018

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two second-place teams that enter the final 10 days of the regular season worlds apart in the playoff picture go head-to-head when the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics open a three-game series on Friday night.

The Twins (71-81) are the hotter of the two teams, having won four straight, but all it has accomplished is allow them to clinch second place in the American League Central behind the front-running Cleveland Indians.

Minnesota has been formally eliminated from postseason consideration.

The A's (92-61), meanwhile, are coming off a 21-3 romp over the Los Angeles Angels that allowed them to win two of three in the home series.

Thursday's one-sided triumph increased Oakland's advantage over Tampa Bay (85-66) to six games in their pursuit of the second wild-card playoff spot in the AL.

The A's are still alive in the AL West race, but trail Houston (95-57) by 3 1/2 games with just nine to play.

The A's and Twins met in Minneapolis in August, with Minnesota taking the series opener 6-4 before Oakland rebounded for a 7-1 and two 6-2 victories.

Right-hander Jose Berrios (11-11, 3.81 ERA) pitched the first 6-2 loss for the Twins, allowing three runs, including a Matt Chapman solo homer, in five innings.

He will get a second crack at Oakland in Friday's series opener. His loss last month left him with an 0-1 record and 5.40 ERA lifetime record against the A's.

Berrios, the Twins' top winner, hasn't won since Aug. 4, a seven-start stretch. He pitched well enough to win in his last two outings, giving up a combined three runs and eight hits in 12 innings in back-to-back losses to Kansas City.

Berrios will be opposed, for one inning, anyway, by Oakland "opener" Liam Hendriks (0-1, 5.30) as the A's try bullpenning for the seventh time this month.

Hendriks has gotten progressively better at the one-inning starter role, having shut out his last five opponents on a total of two hits.

He threw a 1-2-3 first inning against the Angels on Tuesday night, requiring just seven pitches to navigate the inning.

Chances are Hendriks won't have to deal with the Twins' hottest hitter, rookie catcher Willians Astudillo, who has seven hits and five RBIs in his last four games.

Astudillo batted sixth (twice), eighth and ninth in those games.

The A's will open the series riding the momentum of season-best outputs in runs and hits (22) in the 21-3 shellacking of the Angels on Thursday afternoon.

The Twins, who finished a three-game sweep at Detroit on Wednesday, had the day off.

Oakland's hitters went 12-for-17 with runners in scoring position against the Angels, helping the A's win the three-game series after having lost the opener 9-7 on Tuesday night.

The A's have won 12 of their last 14 home series and tied the other two, a 14-series non-losing run that's the franchise best since a 19-gamer in 1931.

Stephen Piscotty highlighted 10-0 and 21-3 wins the last two days with a single, double, two homers and nine RBIs in seven at-bats.

He has hit seven homers in September.

Updated September 21, 2018

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