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Twins-Athletics series preview

July 4, 2016 GMT

Monday, 1:10 p.m. no TV, 96.3-FM

RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 5.31 ERA) vs. RHP Kendall Graveman (3-6, 4.84)

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. FSN, 96.3-FM

LHP Tommy Milone (0-2, 6.23) vs. LHP Sean Manaea (3-4, 5.40)

Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. no TV, 96.3-FM

RHP Sonny Gray (3-7, 5.42) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (2-7, 4.50)

TWINS UPDATE

After winning the past two games vs. Texas, the Twins are 17-26 at home, no longer the worst home record in the AL (the Angels are 16-26). They are 10-8 against the AL West, 5-1 at Target Field. They were swept in three games at Oakland in May, and outscored 15-7. Former Athletics reliever Fernando Abad has a 2.67 ERA in the Twins bullpen. Milone gave up seven runs (five earned) last year in his only career start against his former team. Longtime As catcher Kurt Suzuki is only 7-for-43 (.163) with one extra-base hit vs. Oakland.

ATHLETICS UPDATE

They are 18-21 on the road, but after ending a nine-game road losing streak in mid-June, they have won six of their past seven away from Oakland. Along with the Twins, they are the only other AL team to allow 400 runs this season. Former closer Sean Doolittle is on the disabled list because of a shoulder strain. New closer Ryan Madsen has 15 saves in 18 chances. Of the former Twins now with the As, 3B Danny Valencia is batting .313 with 11 home runs. RHP Liam Hendriks has a 6.20 ERA in 17 games in relief. OF Sam Fuld has not played because of a shoulder injury.