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Game Preview: MIN @ OAK, 4:05pm, Sunday, August 31, 2008 @McAfee Coliseum

Minnesota Twins, 76-60, 2nd, ½ GB, 3½ GB in WC

SP: Scott Baker (26, RHP, 7-4, 3.75)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. OAK Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (7-4)            134.1 132  56  56  31 110 18    3.75      
 2007 (9-9)            143.2 162  70  68  29 102 15    4.26      
 2006 (5-8)             83.1 114  63  59  16  62 17    6.37      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         1-1  43.1  48  23  23  16  34  4    4.78   48 
 2008-08-26   @SEA   L   6.2  10   3   3   3   3  0     105   42 
 2008-08-21   @LAA  ND   8     4   1   1   2   6  1     103   74 
 2008-08-16    SEA  ND   5.1   8   4   4   2   1  0      84   35 
 2008-08-10   @KCR  ND   7     7   2   2   1   7  0     112   61 
 2008-08-05   @SEA  ND   5.1   9   6   6   2   4  1     100   28 
 2008-07-31    CHW  ND   6     5   4   4   3   8  1     102   51 
 2008-07-26   @CLE   W   5     5   3   3   3   5  1      97   47 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.OAK      2-0  11    10   5   5   2   6  0    4.09   52 
 2007-07-12    OAK   W   6     5   2   2   1   3  0     100   56 
 2005-09-21   @OAK   W   5     5   3   3   1   3  0     103   47 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   46-23   Road:   30-37   ExtrInn: 7-7 
 vsRHP:  50-42   vsLHP:  26-18   1-Run:  24-23
 vsEast:  9-16   vsCntrl:36-21   vsWest: 17-19 IL:14-4 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
136 Sat, Aug 30  @OAK  L   2-3       76-60  2nd  0.5 gb
135 Fri, Aug 29  @OAK  W  12-2       76-59  2nd  0.5 gb
134 Thu, Aug 28  @OAK  L   2-3       75-59  2nd  1.5 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
 Last 10: 4-6    Last 20:11-9    Last 30:17-13
Oakland Athletics, 63-73, 3rd, 20½ GB, 16½ GB in WC

SP: Greg Smith (24, LHP, 6-13, 3.90)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. MIN Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (6-13)           154.2 137  70  67  72  95 16    3.90      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         1-5  40.2  38  19  19  20  20  5    4.20   49 
 2008-08-26   @LAA   L   6    10   5   5   2   3  0      89   33 
 2008-08-21   @SEA   W   6     4   0   0   3   1  0      87   62 
 2008-08-16    CHW   L   5     8   2   2   2   1  0     100   42 
 2008-08-10   @DET   L   4.2   3   1   1   7   2  1      95   49 
 2008-08-05   @TOR  ND   6     4   2   2   2   4  0      87   58 
 2008-07-29    KCR   L   7     4   5   5   2   5  2      94   52 
 2008-07-23   @TBR   L   6     5   4   4   2   4  2     102   48 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.MIN      1-0   7     7   2   2   1   3  1    2.57   57 
 2008-04-24    MIN   W   7     7   2   2   1   3  1      91   57 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   36-34   Road:   27-39   ExtrInn: 7-6 
 vsRHP:  40-49   vsLHP:  23-24   1-Run:  21-22
 vsEast: 15-23   vsCntrl:20-19   vsWest: 18-23 IL:10-8 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
136 Sat, Aug 30   MIN  W   3-2       63-73  3rd 20.5 gb
135 Fri, Aug 29   MIN  L   2-12      62-73  3rd 20.5 gb
134 Thu, Aug 28   MIN  W   3-2       62-72  3rd 19.5 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
 Last 10: 6-4    Last 20: 9-11   Last 30:10-20
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Sat, Aug 30, 2008 OAK  3  MIN  2        W:Huston Street (5-5), L: Joe Nathan (0-1), S: none
Fri, Aug 29, 2008 MIN 12 @OAK  2        W:Kevin Slowey (11-8), L: Dan Meyer (0-3), S: Craig Breslow (1)
Thu, Aug 28, 2008 OAK  3  MIN  2        W:Joey Devine (4-0), L: Craig Breslow (0-2), S: none
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
Season Series: 2008 - OAK leads 5-4; 2007 - MIN won 5-2; 2006 - MIN won 6-4; All-Time - MIN leads 975-964

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  5.49

LAA  4.63

WSN  3.82

RA/G

TOR  3.88

CLE  4.63

TEX  5.96

BA

A. Pujols  .362

M. Fontenot  .292

J. Towles  .143

OBP

A. Pujols  .468

C. Pena  .365

T. Pena  .188

SLG

A. Pujols  .644

R. Howard  .487

T. Pena  .213

OPS

A. Pujols  1.113

B. Abreu  .837

T. Pena  .400

ERA

T. Lincecum  2.43

G. Smith  3.90

N. Robertson  6.36

K/9IP

T. Lincecum  10.20

J. Jurrjens  6.38

L. Hernandez  3.47

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Minnesota Twins Batters (5.04 RS/G) vs. Oakland Athletics Pitchers (4.10 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 23.Smith*
G/S/vB
13.Blevins*
G/S/vB
33.Devine
G/S/vB
41.Embree*
G/S/vB
29.Foulke
G/S/vB
44.Casilla
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 3/.666 ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 2/1.000 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 185/153 .308/.335/.420/.755 .285/.858 .806 62/.711 0/2 4/
25.Casilla# G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 3/1.334 1/.000 ··· 319/219 .297/.335/.402/.738 .609/.800 .688 46/.524 5/2 5/
12.Everett G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 2/.000 ··· 1/.000 5/.200 ··· ··· 137/105 .207/.267/.319/.586 .677/.561 .583 46/.710 0/0 2/
22.Gomez G/S/vP 3/2.334 ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 3/.666 3/.666 1/.000 ··· 521/378 .254/.290/.343/.632 .688/.612 .598 80/.579 27/10 6/
23.Harris G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· 1/.000 3/.000 ··· 5/1.400 3/.666 4/.000 1/.000 446/302 .259/.318/.388/.706 .694/.712 .707 65/.779 1/1 6/
16.Kubel* G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· 2/.000 1/2.000 ··· 2/1.000 8/.679 3/.000 1/.000 434/343 .277/.336/.469/.806 .673/.840 .758 88/.924 0/1 17/
7.Mauer* G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 3/.666 6/.733 14/.962 5/1.000 1/4.000 517/362 .323/.415/.447/.862 .987/.804 .731 101/.859 1/1 8/
33.Morneau* G/S/vP 3/.000 1/.000 ··· 3/.000 2/.000 6/1.166 15/1.467 4/.500 1/2.000 593/393 .311/.388/.515/.902 .813/.950 .938 119/.861 0/1 20/
8.Punto# G/S/vP 3/.666 ··· ··· 5/.000 1/.000 5/1.400 11/.282 4/.000 1/.000 281/173 .285/.339/.399/.739 .750/.723 .669 120/.755 9/5 2/
55.Redmond G/S/vP 3/1.667 ··· 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 ··· 54/25 .320/.370/.420/.790 .789/.791 .737 50/.815 0/0 1/
2.Span* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/no AB ··· 2/.000 4/.500 2/1.000 ··· 276/190 .306/.390/.455/.846 1.005/.777 .858 127/.856 13/5 4/
21.Young G/S/vP 3/.666 ··· 2/2.000 1/.000 ··· 3/1.000 5/.400 6/.167 1/.000 523/373 .285/.330/.399/.728 .714/.734 .713 99/.727 14/4 8/
IP 154.2 26.2 33.2 51.1 26.0 45.0 18.1 59.2 46.2 TOTAL .279/.338/.410/.748 .722/.760 .721 .777 80/37 96/93
ERA-K/9 3.90/5.5 3.04/8.1 0.80/9.9 4.73/8.2 3.81/6.9 3.40/7.8 5.40/4.9 4.07/9.0 0.39/4.0 3.83/6.6

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Mauer (47-25-4)
 Redmond (17-4-0)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 650/.243 111/.206 124/.161 223/.255 111/.229 201/.292 82/.312 247/.235 171/.196 .247  Young
 Gomez
 Span
 Kubel
 Punto
127/0/0/8
0/126/0/7
0/13/60/4
15/0/29/2
0/3/0/0
OPS .721 .617 .421 .772 .745 .797 .710 .690 .505 .703
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 135/.603 41/.362 53/.482 78/.749 53/.581 93/.797 41/.805 111/.747 82/.566 .681
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 515/.754 70/.767 71/.378 145/.784 58/.902 108/.796 41/.618 136/.645 89/.451 .718
Home 254/.705 46/.415 56/.450 118/.709 62/.545 101/.849 51/.707 139/.703 81/.432 .669
Last 28d days 120/.797 60/.798 36/.231 43/.521 / 66/.918 52/.922 52/.629 59/.610
HR/SB/CS 16/10/11 1/2/1 0/3/1 6/4/1 4/3/1 5/6/0 1/1/0 6/5/3 0/1/0 107/61/36
Usage ····X··· ··oXX··· ··o··X·o o··X···· ········ ·X·oo·o· ·X····X· X··X···o ···X·X··
Oakland Athletics Batters (3.88 RS/G) vs. Minnesota Twins Pitchers (4.50 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 30.Baker
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 ··· 4/.250 4/.000 1/.000 4/1.750 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 432/300 .216/.307/.320/.627 .758/.569 .647 98/.638 1/1 7/
18.Bowen# G/S/vP ··· ··· 2/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 75/49 .169/.213/.268/.481 .471/.487 .418 19/.368 0/0 1/
8.Brown G/S/vP 12/.417 18/.492 3/.000 10/1.015 1/no AB 10/1.025 10/.200 4/1.417 421/268 .247/.299/.394/.694 .836/.609 .722 76/.751 4/2 13/
7.Crosby G/S/vP 4/1.250 10/.400 2/1.000 8/.750 4/.250 2/.000 6/.334 3/.666 520/368 .250/.304/.373/.677 .684/.674 .708 101/.755 6/3 7/
32.Cust* G/S/vP 3/.333 4/.833 3/.333 ··· 3/.333 ··· 1/.000 2/.500 496/352 .228/.371/.445/.816 .806/.820 .892 82/.851 0/0 25/
38.Davis G/S/vP ··· 2/.000 1/.000 2/2.000 2/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· 169/95 .238/.263/.313/.576 .651/.519 .533 46/.805 23/6 2/
14.Ellis G/S/vP 5/.200 7/.286 3/1.167 4/1.250 10/.967 8/.750 6/.167 2/.000 507/357 .233/.321/.373/.694 .535/.757 .609 74/.646 14/2 12/
22.Hannahan* G/S/vP ··· ··· 2/.000 ··· 1/no AB ··· ··· 1/.000 437/331 .220/.302/.340/.642 .587/.660 .680 73/.445 2/0 7/
4.Patterson* G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 109/92 .213/.312/.277/.589 .647/.575 .572 52/.610 9/1 1/
56.Pennington# G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 32/12 .138/.194/.207/.400 .433/.348 .348 32/.400 1/0 0/
24.Suzuki G/S/vP ··· 4/.250 ··· 3/1.667 2/.000 2/.000 2/.000 ··· 498/362 .287/.351/.384/.735 .663/.761 .857 93/.717 2/3 7/
15.Sweeney* G/S/vP ··· 6/.533 4/1.000 ··· 1/no AB 2/1.000 2/.000 1/.000 332/249 .287/.336/.377/.713 .529/.774 .641 43/.573 8/1 4/
IP 134.1 102.2 38.0 54.1 51.0 67.1 57.0 37.2 TOTAL .241/.313/.364/.678 .650/.690 .688 .638 72/20 105/78
ERA-K/9 3.75/7.4 6.14/7.2 2.37/7.3 3.98/7.0 3.71/5.1 4.54/7.1 1.11/9.8 2.39/6.9 4.13/6.0

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Bowen (12-8-2)
 Suzuki (49-28-5)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 555/.255 465/.283 151/.206 235/.265 201/.228 294/.262 219/.186 153/.236 .274  Brown
 Cust
 Sweeney
 Davis
 Patterson
64/1/54/10
76/0/5/4
13/42/58/4
3/74/1/2
17/1/0/1
OPS .701 .767 .523 .768 .664 .753 .521 .625 .745
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 286/.753 215/.850 69/.497 84/.752 78/.534 107/.711 112/.554 84/.522 .753
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 269/.646 250/.696 82/.542 151/.775 123/.746 187/.775 107/.489 69/.751 .738
Road 346/.748 164/.858 77/.543 117/.857 86/.697 148/.803 88/.599 75/.714 .793
Last 28d days 140/.762 58/.606 47/.493 49/.815 42/.995 50/1.054 46/.523 37/.438
HR/SB/CS 18/7/4 13/11/0 1/2/4 5/5/1 3/3/0 9/8/1 4/5/0 2/4/2 141/64/29
Usage ····X··· ··o····X ·Xo·o··o ··o··XX· ···o·oo· o··ooo·· o··o·X·· ··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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