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  W: K. Gibson (9-4)   L: Y. Petit (2-2)   S: T. Rogers (14)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, July 18, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 28,432

A's hope to stay hot against Twins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins

  1. Oakland hit six home runs yesterday, becoming the third team in MLB to homer at least six times in multiple games this season (Twins, Dodgers). Today's opponent, the Twins, have hit at least six homers four times this season, the most such games by any team since the 2003 Red Sox (also four games).
  2. The A's have the longest active winning streak in MLB (six games) and since the midpoint in June (at which point the A's were 35-35), Oakland has gone 20-6, best in MLB. Over that span, Oakland's 163 runs are tied for second in MLB (Giants, 176) while also leading MLB in runs allowed (83).
  3. The Twins have lost three straight for the first time in 2019. They allowed 14 runs on Wednesday, tied for their most allowed in a game this season. Prior to that game, the Twins had held opponents to a single-digit run total in 38 straight games, tied for the longest such streak by any AL team in 2019 (Red Sox).
  4. In his last seven games, Ramon Laureano has 12 hits, five home runs, and 11 runs. The only other American Leaguer to reach those marks over a seven-game span in 2019 is George Springer. Laureano is the first A's player to meet these marks over seven games since Miguel Tejada in 2003.
  5. Mitch Garver's home run yesterday was his 15th of the season, to go along with his 37 runs scored in 48 games this season. The last catchers with 15+ home runs and 37+ runs scored in fewer games in a season were Ivan Rodriguez in 2000 (39) and Roy Campanella in 1953 (40 games).
  6. Luis Arraez reached base for the 50th time of his career yesterday, his 31st career game. The last Twins player to reach base 50 times in fewer career games was Chuck Knoblauch in 1991 (30 games), and the last player in MLB to do so in fewer games was Rhys Hoskins in 2017 (29 games).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/18/2019 thru 7/21/2019
(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Oakland Athletics are riding homers as they open a four-game road series against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

The recent numbers for manager Bob Melvin's A's have been impressive -- six consecutive victories, winners of 12 of 14 and a sizzling 19-5 in their last 24 games.

The club arrives in Minneapolis having swept their six-game homestand and are a season-high 14 games over .500.

Home runs have been key.

Oakland owns a 17-game home-run streak, bashing 37 along the way, including six on Wednesday in a 10-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.

The team set a record along the way, scoring 10 runs and having all of them plated via the long ball.

"It's what we do," Melvin said. "When we're playing well, we hit homers, put pressure on you."

Melvin added that All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman (ankle soreness) is day-to-day after being pulled from Wednesday's game.

Starting pitcher Homer Bailey worked through a slow start but earned the victory in his Oakland debut.

Mike Fiers (9-3, 3.61) will take the mound in Minneapolis in the 8:10 p.m. ET start at Target Field on Thursday.

Fiers' 2.31 ERA ranks as the second best among American League starters since April 26, and in 12 career appearances (11 starts), the 34-year-old Florida native is 6-1 with a stellar 2.66 ERA.

Fiers was in line for the win but earned a no-decision in his lone start against Minnesota this season -- a 4-3 loss in 12 innings in Oakland on July 3.

He turned in a quality start in the middle game of the teams' three-game series, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned) in six innings, but the visitors rallied from a 3-0 hole to claim the victory.

Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli will be looking for his club to clean up its act in the field.

The Twins committed two critical errors in Wednesday's 14-4 blowout loss to the New York Mets.

Third baseman Miguel Sano's throwing error in the fourth inning led to an unearned run, and left fielder Eddie Rosario dropped a fly ball that would have been the third out in an eventual six-run frame for the Mets.

In all, half of the 14 runs by New York were unearned.

"The fact that we haven't seen many games like that is a good sign," Baldelli said following the club's first three-game losing skid. "There are always going to be a handful of games like that over the course of the year."

The Twins will send out Kyle Gibson (8-4, 4.03), who said he felt fine mechanically in his last outing on Friday against Cleveland, though the results didn't show it as he failed to get out of the fourth inning.

A 2009 first-round pick by the Twins, Gibson started opposite Fiers in that July 3 contest and left after six innings of work after also posting a quality start.

The right-hander allowed five hits and all three runs (two earned) while striking out five and walking four.

In his career, the 31-year-old Gibson has faced Oakland five times -- all starts -- and is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 18, 2019

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