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Game Preview: MIN @ OAK, 10:05pm, Thursday, August 28, 2008 @McAfee Coliseum

Minnesota Twins, 75-58, 2nd, 1 GB, 2½ GB in WC

SP: Nick Blackburn (26, RHP, 9-8, 3.78)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. OAK Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (9-8)            157.1 180  80  66  28  78 15    3.78      
 2007 (0-2)             11.2  19  12  10   2   8  2    7.71      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         2-3  39    48  24  18  10  14  3    4.15   45 
 2008-08-23   @LAA   L   4.2  10   6   3   2   0  0      79   24 
 2008-08-18    OAK   L   8     6   3   3   2   2  1      99   58 
 2008-08-12    NYY  ND   4.2   6   4   4   3   5  1     102   38 
 2008-08-06   @SEA   W   6     9   3   3   1   1  0     101   42 
 2008-08-01    CLE   W   7     6   1   1   1   2  0      93   62 
 2008-07-27   @CLE  ND   7     4   1   1   1   3  0      99   67 
 2008-07-21   @NYY   L   1.2   7   6   3   0   1  1      50   24 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.OAK      0-1   8     6   3   3   2   2  1    3.38   58 
 2008-08-18    OAK   L   8     6   3   3   2   2  1      99   58 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   46-23   Road:   29-35   ExtrInn: 7-7 
 vsRHP:  50-42   vsLHP:  25-16   1-Run:  24-21
 vsEast:  9-16   vsCntrl:36-21   vsWest: 16-17 IL:14-4 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
133 Wed, Aug 27  @SEA  W   6-5       75-58  2nd  1.0 gb
132 Tue, Aug 26  @SEA  L   2-3       74-58  2nd  2.0 gb
131 Mon, Aug 25  @SEA  L   2-4 (11)  74-57  2nd  1.0 gb
130 Sun, Aug 24  @LAA  L   3-5       74-56  1st    Tied
129 Sat, Aug 23  @LAA  L   5-7       74-55  1st  1.0 up
128 Fri, Aug 22  @LAA  W   9-0       74-54  1st  1.0 up
127 Thu, Aug 21  @LAA  W   2-1 (12)  73-54  1st    Tied
126 Wed, Aug 20   OAK  W   3-1       72-54  2nd  0.5 gb
125 Tue, Aug 19   OAK  W  13-2       71-54  2nd  0.5 gb
124 Mon, Aug 18   OAK  L   2-3       70-54  2nd  0.5 gb
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20:13-7    Last 30:19-11
Oakland Athletics, 61-72, 3rd, 19½ GB, 16½ GB in WC

SP: Dana Eveland (24, LHP, 8-8, 4.30)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. MIN Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (8-8)            132   131  64  63  65  92  8    4.30      
 2007 (1-0)              5     8   8   8   5   3  0   14.40      
 2006 (0-3)             27.2  39  25  25  16  32  4    8.13      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         2-3  35    46  27  27  19  27  5    6.94   40 
 2008-08-23   @SEA   W   7     5   1   1   1   7  0      93   69 
 2008-08-02   @BOS   L   2     8   9   9   2   2  2      68    4 
 2008-07-27    TEX  ND   4.2   8   5   5   2   5  0      78   31 
 2008-07-21   @TBR   L   5     7   4   4   4   4  2     106   37 
 2008-07-12    LAA   L   5.1   5   2   2   5   5  0      93   50 
 2008-07-07    SEA   W   5.1   9   3   3   4   0  1     100   34 
 2008-07-02   @LAA  ND   5.2   4   3   3   1   4  0      99   52 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.MIN    Has never faced MIN.
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   34-33   Road:   27-39   ExtrInn: 7-6 
 vsRHP:  39-48   vsLHP:  22-24   1-Run:  19-22
 vsEast: 15-23   vsCntrl:18-18   vsWest: 18-23 IL:10-8 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
133 Wed, Aug 27  @LAA  W   6-5       61-72  3rd 19.5 gb
132 Tue, Aug 26  @LAA  L   1-5       60-72  3rd 20.5 gb
131 Mon, Aug 25  @LAA  W   2-1       60-71  3rd 19.5 gb
130 Sun, Aug 24  @SEA  L   4-8       59-71  3rd 20.5 gb
129 Sat, Aug 23  @SEA  W   5-1       59-70  3rd 19.5 gb
128 Fri, Aug 22  @SEA  L   5-7       58-70  3rd 19.5 gb
127 Thu, Aug 21  @SEA  W   2-0       58-69  3rd 19.5 gb
126 Wed, Aug 20  @MIN  L   1-3       57-69  3rd 20.5 gb
125 Tue, Aug 19  @MIN  L   2-13      57-68  3rd 19.5 gb
124 Mon, Aug 18  @MIN  W   3-2       57-67  3rd 19.5 gb
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20: 8-12   Last 30: 9-21
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Wed, Aug 20, 2008 MIN  3  OAK  1        W:Francisco Liriano (4-3), L: Dallas Braden (3-3), S: Joe Nathan (34)
Tue, Aug 19, 2008 MIN 13  OAK  2        W:Kevin Slowey (10-8), L: Sean Gallagher (4-6), S: none
Mon, Aug 18, 2008 OAK  3 @MIN  2        W:Kirk Saarloos (1-0), L: Nick Blackburn (9-7), S: Brad Ziegler (3)
Thu, Apr 24, 2008 OAK 11  MIN  2        W:Greg Smith (2-0), L: Francisco Liriano (0-3), S: none
Wed, Apr 23, 2008 OAK  3  MIN  0        W:Chad Gaudin (2-1), L: Boof Bonser (1-4), S: Huston Street (6)
Tue, Apr 22, 2008 MIN  5 @OAK  4        W:Juan Rincon (2-0), L: Joe Blanton (1-4), S: Joe Nathan (7)

Sun, Jul 15, 2007 MIN  4  OAK  3        W:Pat Neshek (4-1), L: Joe Kennedy (2-8), S: none
Sat, Jul 14, 2007 MIN  4  OAK  3        W:Carlos Silva (7-10), L: Joe Blanton (8-6), S: Joe Nathan (18)
Fri, Jul 13, 2007 MIN  5  OAK  3        W:Johan Santana (11-6), L: Lenny DiNardo (3-6), S: Joe Nathan (17)
Thu, Jul 12, 2007 MIN  6  OAK  2        W:Scott Baker (4-3), L: Chad Gaudin (8-4), S: none
Season Series: 2008 - Tied 3-3; 2007 - MIN won 5-2; 2006 - MIN won 6-4; All-Time - MIN leads 974-962

Key for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids on the next pageKey for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids Below

Batter vs. Pitcher totals are career totals. All others are year-to-date.

PA - Plate Appearances (AB+BB+HBP+SH+SF+CI)
BF - Batters Faced
BA - Batting Average
OBP - On-Base Percentage
SLG - Slugging Percentage
Last 28d - PA and OPS in the last 28 days.
SB/CS - Stolen Bases and Caught Stealing
HR/E - Home Runs and Errors Made
ERA-K/9 - Earned Run Average and SO per 9 IP
Total - Team totals for those categories.
Usage - See the note below the grid.
OPS - On-Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage (a good single number for measuring a player's hitting, avg. is .750 or so)
RA/G & RS/G - Runs scored and allowed per game.
PA/vRH - Plate Appearances overall/PA's vs. Right-handed Pitchers
Catcher Def. - Catcher Defense with each catcher's Stolen Bases, Caught Stealings, and Passed Balls allowed.
G/S/vB or G/S/vP - Links to the player's 2008 gamelogs, splits, or career batter vs. pitcher results
vLH/vRH - OPS vs. left-handed pitchers and vs. right-handed pitchers
Hm or Rd, Home or Road - OPS or OPS allowed in home or road games.
OF G: LF / CF / RF - A - Outfielders with the games played by position and their total number of assists
vs LHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against left-handed batters
vs RHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against right-handed batters
HR/SB/CS - Pitcher's Home Runs, Stolen Bases and Caught Stealings allowed

MLB Best, Middle, Worst

Stat

Best

Middle

Worst

RS/G

TEX  5.54

LAA  4.63

WSN  3.71

RA/G

TOR  3.89

SFG  4.60

TEX  5.99

BA

A. Pujols  .357

A. Rios  .291

J. Towles  .143

OBP

A. Pujols  .466

J. Posada  .364

T. Pena  .184

SLG

A. Pujols  .636

D. Pedroia  .481

T. Pena  .209

OPS

A. Pujols  1.101

C. Jackson  .839

T. Pena  .393

ERA

T. Lincecum  2.43

B. Looper  3.94

C. Silva  6.36

K/9IP

T. Lincecum  10.20

G. Floyd  6.40

L. Hernandez  3.47

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Minnesota Twins Batters (5.04 RS/G) vs. Oakland Athletics Pitchers (4.07 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 30.Eveland*
G/S/vB
13.Blevins*
G/S/vB
33.Devine
G/S/vB
41.Embree*
G/S/vB
44.Casilla
G/S/vB
53.Meyer*
G/S/vB
21.Saarloos
G/S/vB
20.Street
G/S/vB
31.Ziegler
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
32.Buscher* G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 1/2.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 184/152 .310/.337/.423/.760 .285/.864 .816 64/.721 0/2 4/
25.Casilla# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 306/214 .300/.340/.410/.750 .642/.800 .705 33/.550 4/2 5/
12.Everett G/S/vP 2/.000 ··· ··· 2/.000 1/.000 ··· 5/.200 ··· ··· 137/105 .207/.267/.319/.586 .677/.561 .583 54/.630 0/0 2/
22.Gomez G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· 2/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 510/374 .255/.291/.346/.637 .719/.607 .607 79/.605 27/10 6/
23.Harris G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 3/.000 4/.750 ··· ··· 3/.000 1/.000 433/296 .262/.319/.389/.707 .711/.705 .709 64/.895 1/1 6/
16.Kubel* G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 1/.000 ··· 5/1.000 2/.000 1/.000 424/337 .274/.333/.467/.800 .612/.847 .746 87/.869 0/1 17/
7.Mauer* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 5/.200 ··· 11/.664 4/1.250 1/4.000 503/357 .317/.410/.442/.852 .997/.788 .703 100/.842 1/1 8/
33.Morneau* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 3/.000 5/1.400 ··· 12/1.250 3/.666 1/2.000 580/388 .308/.388/.511/.899 .813/.944 .932 118/.808 0/1 20/
8.Punto# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 4/.000 4/1.750 ··· 8/.393 4/.000 1/.000 268/169 .290/.345/.411/.755 .764/.742 .697 120/.776 8/5 2/
55.Redmond G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 2/1.500 ··· 2/2.000 3/1.000 ··· 116/54 .282/.310/.327/.638 .645/.629 .518 25/.600 0/0 0/
56.Ruiz G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/2.000 ··· 1/.000 1/3.000 ··· 51/25 .340/.392/.447/.839 .885/.791 .840 51/.839 0/0 1/
2.Span* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 2/1.000 ··· 262/186 .309/.392/.453/.845 1.003/.784 .859 126/.835 12/4 3/
21.Young G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/2.000 1/.000 2/1.500 ··· 2/.000 5/.200 1/.000 510/367 .282/.326/.396/.722 .685/.737 .699 98/.713 14/4 8/
IP 132.0 25.2 32.2 50.1 42.2 19.2 13.1 57.2 46.2 TOTAL .279/.338/.410/.748 .723/.759 .719 .775 77/36 95/92
ERA-K/9 4.30/6.3 3.16/7.7 0.83/10.2 4.83/8.4 3.38/8.2 5.95/7.3 4.05/4.1 4.21/8.9 0.39/4.0 3.84/6.7

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Mauer (46-25-4)
 Redmond (17-4-0)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 581/.262 108/.213 121/.164 220/.258 191/.286 86/.237 55/.235 241/.242 171/.196 .246  Young
 Gomez
 Span
 Kubel
 Punto
124/0/0/8
0/123/0/7
0/13/57/4
15/0/29/2
0/3/0/0
OPS .727 .635 .422 .776 .780 .826 .592 .708 .505 .701
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 131/.600 39/.382 52/.491 77/.740 86/.804 26/.599 23/.568 107/.778 82/.566 .673
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 450/.764 69/.779 69/.372 143/.796 105/.757 60/.929 32/.605 134/.655 89/.451 .721
Home 315/.681 43/.446 53/.454 115/.717 91/.820 25/.861 24/.432 133/.738 81/.432 .665
Last 28d days 42/.996 61/.819 33/.220 45/.652 59/.867 86/.826 25/.897 52/.725 67/.593
HR/SB/CS 8/9/2 1/2/1 0/3/1 6/4/0 5/6/0 5/1/1 1/1/0 6/5/3 0/1/0 106/58/35
Usage ····X··· XX···X·· ··X·o·o· X····o·X oo·o···· ···X···· ···X···· X···o··o X·X···X·
Oakland Athletics Batters (3.90 RS/G) vs. Minnesota Twins Pitchers (4.54 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 53.Blackburn
G/S/vB
26.Bonser
G/S/vB
49.Breslow*
G/S/vB
28.Crain
G/S/vB
18.Guardado*
G/S/vB
54.Guerrier
G/S/vB
36.Nathan
G/S/vB
37.Reyes*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
10.Barton* G/S/vP 3/.000 4/.250 2/.000 1/.000 4/1.750 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 421/294 .216/.309/.323/.633 .766/.575 .660 95/.608 1/1 7/
18.Bowen# G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 71/47 .179/.225/.284/.509 .511/.508 .475 16/.438 0/0 1/
8.Brown G/S/vP ··· 18/.492 3/.000 9/.946 1/no AB 10/1.025 9/.111 4/1.417 416/266 .249/.298/.397/.695 .854/.604 .726 76/.805 4/2 13/
7.Crosby G/S/vP 4/.000 9/.444 2/1.000 8/.750 4/.250 2/.000 5/.000 3/.666 509/360 .247/.303/.369/.671 .677/.669 .699 98/.720 6/3 7/
32.Cust* G/S/vP 3/1.667 3/1.167 2/.500 ··· 3/.333 ··· 1/.000 2/.500 485/345 .228/.373/.436/.809 .789/.817 .883 76/.829 0/0 23/
38.Davis G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 ··· 2/2.000 2/.000 ··· ··· ··· 157/87 .250/.277/.331/.609 .690/.545 .594 35/1.017 23/6 2/
14.Ellis G/S/vP 4/1.833 7/.286 3/1.167 4/1.250 10/.967 8/.750 6/.167 2/.000 506/357 .234/.321/.374/.696 .539/.757 .611 82/.656 14/2 12/
28.Gonzalez* G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· 1/.000 1/.000 2/.500 ··· ··· ··· 296/209 .240/.271/.364/.635 .436/.719 .631 93/.457 4/1 4/
22.Hannahan* G/S/vP 3/.666 ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/no AB ··· ··· ··· 431/327 .223/.306/.346/.652 .600/.668 .699 76/.471 2/0 7/
4.Patterson* G/S/vP 4/.500 ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 100/87 .221/.320/.291/.611 .692/.596 .608 43/.665 8/1 1/
56.Pennington# G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 29/12 .154/.214/.231/.445 .517/.348 .472 29/.445 1/0 0/
24.Suzuki G/S/vP 3/.666 4/.250 ··· 2/.500 2/.000 1/.000 2/.000 ··· 490/357 .283/.348/.380/.728 .663/.752 .848 94/.651 2/3 7/
35.Thomas G/S/vP 4/.250 7/1.571 1/no AB 4/.833 15/1.610 4/.250 8/.125 3/.333 281/199 .235/.349/.370/.719 .583/.776 .809 101/.548 0/0 8/
IP 157.1 101.1 34.2 54.1 51.0 66.1 57.0 36.2 TOTAL .241/.315/.365/.680 .657/.690 .692 .635 71/20 103/75
ERA-K/9 3.78/4.5 6.22/7.1 2.34/7.3 3.98/7.0 3.71/5.1 4.61/7.1 1.11/9.8 2.45/6.6 4.17/5.9

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Bowen (9-8-2)
 Suzuki (49-27-5)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 667/.288 461/.286 140/.214 233/.262 201/.228 291/.265 216/.183 150/.241 .275  Brown
 Cust
 Gonzalez
 Davis
 Patterson
63/1/54/10
74/0/5/4
0/64/36/4
3/71/1/2
17/1/0/1
OPS .743 .774 .547 .755 .664 .761 .513 .638 .748
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 296/.729 214/.854 62/.513 84/.752 78/.534 106/.719 111/.559 82/.536 .759
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 371/.753 247/.705 78/.572 149/.755 123/.746 185/.784 105/.467 68/.763 .740
Road 350/.752 160/.881 66/.599 115/.831 86/.697 145/.821 85/.580 72/.746 .802
Last 28d days 134/.747 54/.654 36/.578 51/.729 45/1.021 55/1.110 50/.475 38/.459
HR/SB/CS 15/2/2 13/11/0 1/2/4 5/5/1 3/3/0 9/8/1 4/5/0 2/4/2 139/63/29
Usage ····X··· ····X··X ·o··o··· ··XX··oo o·oo·X·· ooo···X· o·X···oX ···o·o·o

Usage -- each character represents the number of pitches thrown by the pitcher for yesterday, two days ago, three days ago, ...., up to eight days ago:
· - did not pitch; o - less than 16 pitches; X - at least 16 pitches (the median relief outing)
An Example ( ·X···o·X ): Yesterday off, 16 or more pitches, three days off, less than 16 pitches, day off, 16 or more pitches (8 days ago). Yesterday is in bold for improved scanning.

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