Oakland lefthander Scott Kazmir was sharp in his Athletics debut. He starts Monday's game against the Twins.
Ben Margot, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Series preview: Oakland at Twins
- April 6, 2014 - 8:45 PM
Three-game series at Target Field
Monday, 3:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
LHP Scott Kazmir (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Kevin Correia (0-0, 3.00)
Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Jesse Chavez (0-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 7.20)
Thursday, 12:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Dan Straily (0-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 5.06)
This is the first game of their first road trip of the year, a nine-game swing through Minnesota, Seattle and Anaheim. They went 44-37 away from home last season, best in the American League, en route to the AL West title. ... They had an odd first week: One game was rained out, their first in Oakland since 1998; one game was postponed because of wet grounds after the grounds crew did not cover the field overnight despite incoming rain; and they played a doubleheader. ... Their starting pitchers have allowed only seven runs entering Sunday, in 30 innings. Scott Kazmir, who starts Monday, did not allow a run in 7⅓ innings in his A’s debut last week vs. the Angels. ... New closer Jason Johnson, acquired from Baltimore, gave up the winning run in his first two appearances.
They are 2-2 in home openers at Target Field, and have lost their past two. Their last home-opener win was in 2011, a 2-1 victory over Oakland. ... They have lost six straight games against the A’s and were outscored 68-23 in seven games last year, including 29-9 in three games at Target Field. ... The Twins have won the season series against Oakland only once since 2007, going 6-3 in 2010. ... This will be the first time C Kurt Suzuki has faced Oakland, the team that drafted him in the second round in 2004 and for which he played six seasons. ... Statistical oddity: IF Jason Bartlett is 4-for-4 in his career against Oakland closer Jim Johnson. ... Entering Sunday, their bullpen’s cumulative 7.79 ERA was the worst in the American League.
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