What started out as a promising series ended with a couple loses to an Oakland team that should not be taking 2 games out of 3 at Target Field. Scott Baker was on the mound and he started out smoking, striking out 2 in the first inning. But the Twins bats were once again quiet which allowed the A’s to build up a 5 run lead before the Twins showed any life. Oakland pitcher Brandon McCarthy was back in the big leagues after missing all of last year with an injury and he wasn’t taking any chances. While he certainly wasn’t untouchable, the runners the Twins did get on base stayed there. Meanwhile Hideki Matsui and Josh Willingham took Baker yard and the Twins were once again trying to come from behind, only this time there were 5 times as many runs to overcome. They did it give it the old college try in the bottom of the eight, getting 3 men home including a Jim Thome 2 run homerun, his 590th of his big league career. Justin Morneau had a nice game as well with 3 hits and the other Twins RBI. Overall a very winnable game with the Twins outhitting the Athletics 10 to 9 but its not the hits that matter its the runs and the A’s had 2 more of those. Final score: A’s 5, Twin’s 3. The Twins are off tomorrow and resume play on Tuesday with the Royals in town for a pair including an afternoon game on Wednesday.