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Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick 9/21/13

Minnesota Twins (65-86) at Oakland Athletics (89-63)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Pedro Hernandez (L) (3-1) (5.665) vs. Jarrod Parker (R) (11-7) (3.809)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -240 / Minnesota Twins +220 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North, CSN-California

The Oakland A’s and the Minnesota Twins face off on Saturday in Oakland in Major League Baseball action.

The Oakland A’s are on the verge of clinching a post-season berth as they shut out the Twins on Friday in Oakland. Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes hit home runs and Derrek Norris, Alberto Jose Callespo, and Josh Reddick each had two hits as the A’s scored 11 runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed five hits and struck out eight over 6.0 innings to earn his 17th win. For Saturday’s game the A’s start Jarrod Parker who is 11-7 on the season with a 3.81 ERA and 1-1 with a 6.06 ERA in his last three starts.

Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick 9/21/13

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The Minnesota Twins are closing out another disappointing season and they were reminded once again on Friday just how much work they have to do as they were pounded by the A’s. Josh Willingham and Eduardo Escpbar each had two hits and Oswaldo Arcia and Alex Presley each had hits as the Twins were shutout on six hits. Starting pitcher Andrew Albers was shelled allowing eight hit and eight runs over 4.2 innings to take the loss. For Saturday’s game the Twins start Pedro Hernandeez who is 3-1 with a 5.26 ERA for the season and 0-0 with a 4.60 ERA in his last three starts.

Oakland is 20-7 in their last 27 games, 5-2 following a win, and 10-4 in Parker’s last 14 home starts. Minnesota is 3-8 following a loss, 2-8 in their last 10 games, and 4-0 in Hernandez’s last four starts. Minnesota has lost the last four meetings of these two.

Look for the A’s to take this one and clinch the West at home. 

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