Oakland Athletics (23-16, first in the AL West) vs. Minnesota Twins (12-23, fifth in the AL Central) Minneapolis; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Frankie Montas (4-2, 5.50 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 35 strikeouts) Twins: Matt Shoemaker (2-3, 6.43 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 19 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Twins -104, Athletics -112; over/under is 9 runs BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota enters the matchup as losers of their last four games. The Twins are 6-11 on their home turf.
Tim Anderson and Jake Lamb homered, Billy Hamilton made a leaping catch at the wall to end a bases-loaded threat and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Thursday for their sixth straight win. Lance Lynn (4-1) struck out nine in five innings for Chicago, which has won seven of eight while sweeping two straight series. Liam Hendriks retired the last five Minnesota batters for his seventh save in nine chances.
Chad Pinder makes the A's lineup better.