Series preview: Twins at Oakland

  • Updated: August 19, 2012 - 11:10 PM

THREE-GAME SERIES AT THE OAKLAND COLISEUM

Monday, 9:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM

LHP Brian Duensing (2-8, 4.69 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 2.68)

Tuesday, 9:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM

RHP Cole De Vries (2-4, 5.04) vs. RHP Dan Straily (1-0, 3.18)

Wednesday, 2:35 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AM

RHP Nick Blackburn (4-9, 7.39) vs. LHP Tommy Milone (9-9, 3.96)

TWINS UPDATE

The Twins swept three games from Oakland in May, and the Athletics swept three games from the Twins in July, with both of those series at Target Field. ... Duensing is 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA in four starts since returning to the rotation, including losses in each of his past two games. ... De Vries is 0-2 with an 18.56 ERA in his past two starts. He went five shutout innings the first time he faced the A's but gave up seven runs in five innings the second time.

ATHLETICS UPDATE

Oakland swept Cleveland this weekend, moving 10 games above .500 again. ... Former Twins reliever Pat Neshek has a 1.35 ERA in seven appearances with the A's, even though his fastball has averaged just 82.7 miles per hour, according to FanGraphs.com. He was stuck in Class AAA for the Orioles before they traded him to Oakland. ... In nine career games against the Twins, McCarthy is 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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