SS Pedro Florimon (2-for-3) has a hit in three straight games, and he registered multiple hits for the 22nd time this season. The three-game hitting streak is the longest since a five-game streak July 10-19. He stole his 14th base of the season, a mark that leads all Twins.
RHP Liam Hendriks couldn't build off his previous outing, as he struggled against the Astros on Wednesday, but he wasn't helped by his defense either. The right-hander surrendered five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings. Hendriks doesn't have much of a track record against the A's, and what he has is not great. He is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA and has struck out two A's in five innings pitched against them.
LHP Pedro Hernandez allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three in 4.2 innings. It was the shortest of his last three starts. He has allowed three-runs-or-less in each of his last five starts, however only one of those have been quality outings.
C Josmil Pinto (3-for-4) collected a hit in his sixth straight start, including three doubles. He has a hit in each of his starts since having his contract selected Aug. 31. The only game he failed to get a hit was in a pinch-hit appearance Sunday. In the seven games he has played, he is hitting .565 (13-for-23) with four RBIs.
RF Wilkin Ramirez was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Monday. He suffered a fractured left tibia and went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 30.
LHP Glen Perkins recorded his 33rd save of the season. It was his 51st career save tying him with Bill Campbell for ninth on the Twins' all-time list. On Sept. 3, two appearances ago, Perkins gave up three runs in one inning. He has pitched well since that game.
3B Trevor Plouffe (2-for-4) tied the game with a two-RBI single in the fifth inning. It was his 10th multi-RBI game of the season. He has seven RBIs over his last seven games, since Sept. 2 at Houston. He has at least one hit in 18 of his last 21 games since Aug. 18. Over the 21 games, he is hitting .329 (27-for-82) with eight doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs. Plouffe has 102 hits on the season, a career high, passing the 99 he had last season. He is one of five Twins with 100 hits this season.