08/19/08 1:44 AM ET
Twins hope rest given bullpen helps
Minnesota (70-54) vs. Oakland (57-67), Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. CT
By Thor Nystrom / MLB.com
MIN: RHP Kevin Slowey (9-8, 3.94 ERA)
Slowey, who hadn't allowed a first-inning run in his previous 18 starts, finally gave up one against the Yankees on Wednesday. Slowey, however, went six innings while allowing one earned run on three hits and a walk in a 4-2 Minnesota victory to improve to 6-2 with a 3.30 ERA in his past 10 assignments. This will be Slowey's first appearance of the year against the A's.
OAK: RHP Sean Gallagher (4-5, 4.50 ERA)
After missing a start because of right shoulder soreness, Gallagher came back with a shaky outing against the Rays, giving up three runs on four hits while walking four and fanning four in four innings en route to a no-decision. Gallagher said he felt fine, though, so he will look to go deeper into the game in his first career start against the Twins. He'll also be looking for the first road win of his career in his 17th career start.
Randy Ruiz got his first career Major League start -- at designated hitter -- against a right-handed pitcher. "He's swinging good, [against] righties, lefties. He's been on the ball. ... I like the way he's swinging and he's gotten some big hits for us," Gardenhire said. .... Alexi Casilla began his rehab assignment on Monday night with Class A Beloit. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored and walked twice. ... Triple-A Rochester infielder Matt Macri was named the International League Hitter of the Week for Aug. 11-17 after slugging 1.105 with four homers and nine RBIs, ... The Twins are 5-15 when committing more than one error in a game. Tickets
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Wednesday: Twins (Francisco Liriano, 3-3, 4.97) vs. Athletics (Dallas Braden, 3-2, 4.50), 12:10 p.m. CT
Thursday: Twins (Scott Baker, 7-3, 3.91) at Angels (John Lackey, 10-2, 3.22), 9:05 p.m. CT
Friday: Twins (Glen Perkins, 10-3, 4.17) at Angels (Joe Saunders, 14-5, 3.14), 9:05 p.m. CT
Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.