Monday, 3:05 p.m. ESPN, 96.3-FM
RHP Ervin Santana (1-3, 4.17) vs. RHP Kendall Graveman (1-6, 5.36)
Tuesday, 9:05 p.m. FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Tyler Duffey (2-3, 3.93) vs. LHP Eric Surkamp (0-3, 6.55)
Wednesday, 2:35 p.m. FSN, 96.3-FM
LHP Pat Dean (1-1, 3.24) vs. LHP Sean Manaea (1-3, 7.03)
They have won four straight games, tying their longest winning streak of the season, and have won three straight on the road after sweeping the Mariners in Seattle. … They are 8-2 against AL West teams this season. … They were 4-3 against the A’s last season but 1-2 at the Coliseum. They haven’t won a series in Oakland since 2011, going 3-9 since then. … Five of Oakland DH Billy Butler’s eight career hits off Ervin Santana (in 34 at-bats) are home runs. … Duffey and Dean will face the A’s for the first time, and Graveman and Manaea will face the Twins for the first time. … After this series, 17 of the Twins’ next 20 games are at Target Field.
They have lost seven of their past 10 to fall into a tie for last place in the AL West. … They are 10-16 at home and have lost five of seven in O.co Coliseum. … They rank in the bottom third of the AL in scoring, but only the Twins have allowed more runs than Oakland. Their starting pitchers have a collective 5.22 ERA, also worse than all but the Twins, and only one starter, Rich Hill, has an ERA below 4.00. … They have been ravaged by injuries, with 11 players on the disabled list, including RHP Sonny Gray, OF Josh Reddick and former Twins OF Sam Fuld and RHP Liam Hendriks.