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Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins Pick & Prediction MAY 8TH 2022

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The Minnesota Twins will try to complete a three-game sweep Sunday afternoon when they host the Oakland Athletics in Minneapolis.

Minnesota is coming off a 1-0 win over Oakland on Saturday, which followed a 2-1 victory in the Friday series opener. The Twins have won 13 of their past 16 games to take early control of the AL Central.

Jorge Polanco will try to stay hot at the plate for the Twins. He finished a triple shy of the cycle on Saturday, and his 451-foot home run to center field marked the difference in the game.

As Minnesota surges, Oakland is heading in the opposite direction. The Athletics have lost eight games in a row and are seeking their first win since April 27 against the San Francisco Giants.

Twins right-hander Chris Paddack (1-2, 3.15 ERA) is scheduled to make his fifth start of the season.

Paddack is looking for back-to-back victories after a strong performance Monday in which he allowed one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.

In his first season with the Twins after being acquired from the San Diego Padres, Paddack credited his new pitching coach, Wes Johnson.

"The past few years I've been searching with a little doubt on the mound, not having that conviction and confidence every single pitch," Paddack said. "Getting hit around a little bit, you can search up there on the mound.

"(Johnson) was like, 'Look at what you did in '19 before you had a curveball and a slider.' He said, 'You're a better pitcher than you were in '19.' Our goal is to put it all together now."

This will be Paddack's third career start against Oakland. He is 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA, walking two and striking out 12 in 10 2/3 innings.

Athletics right-hander Daulton Jefferies (1-4, 4.81 ERA) is set to make his sixth start of the season and the eighth start of his career. The 26-year-old California native, making his first appearance against the Twins, already has set a career high with 24 1/3 innings pitched this season.

Jefferies earned a victory in his season debut April 10 against the Philadelphia Phillies but has been tagged with four losses in a row since then. In his most recent outing, he gave up six runs (all earned) on 11 hits in five innings against the Tampa Bay Rays when he walked none and struck out four.

"I actually felt pretty good," Jefferies said. "I felt like I was attacking and staying competitive in the zone. But when I got ahead, I tried to make it even more nasty instead of just focusing on executing the pitch and being smooth. That's what I need to work on.

"I've got to learn from the good performances and the bad ones. I try to take positives from every outing. I'm just trying to learn through every outing and make consistent starts for the ballclub."

--Field Level Media

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Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins Recap MAY 8TH 2022

Jorge Polanco drove in two runs and five relievers combined for 6 2/3 scoreless innings as the Minnesota Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Minneapolis.

Cody Stashak (3-0) replaced injured starter Chris Paddack in the third inning and tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Twins right-hander Emilio Pagan retired Cristian Pache with runners at second and third in the ninth for his fourth save.

Minnesota has won 14 of its last 17 games, including nine straight at home. Gilberto Celestino recorded the first three-hit game of his career in the victory.

Sean Murphy and Seth Brown had two hits apiece for Oakland, which has lost nine straight games and 12 of its last 14.

Daulton Jefferies (1-5) yielded four runs on seven hits over five innings and lost his fifth straight start. He struck out three with no walks.

Chad Pinder delivered a two-out RBI single off Paddack in the first inning to give Oakland its first lead of the series.

Minnesota pulled even in the second inning when Gary Sanchez hit a leadoff ground-rule double, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on Gio Urshela's sacrifice fly.

Oakland moved ahead with two runs in the third. Paddack allowed a one-out single to Sheldon Neuse and a Murphy double before exiting the game with right elbow inflammation.

Stashak replaced Paddack and gave up Brown's two-run double before Pinder and Kevin Smith each flied out to end the inning. Paddack allowed three runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four with no walks.

The Twins pulled ahead with three runs in the third inning. Jose Miranda doubled in a run off Jefferies with one out before Polanco followed with a two-run single.

Polanco had five hits in the series and is 12-for-35 (.343) with nine RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak.

The A's were held without a hit after Brown's two-run single in the third inning before threatening in the ninth. Tony Kemp drew a one-out walk and Christian Bethancourt singled before Pagan retired Elvis Andrus and Pache to end the game.

Minnesota played without outfielder Byron Buxton, who is day-to-day with a hip strain.

--Field Level Media

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