BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota enters the matchup as losers of their last five games.
The Twins are 6-12 in home games in 2020. Minnesota has slugged .417, good for third in the American League. Byron Buxton leads the team with a .772 slugging percentage, including 19 extra-base hits and nine home runs.
The Athletics are 11-5 on the road. Oakland has hit 51 home runs this season, fourth in the MLB. Ramon Laureano leads them with eight, averaging one every 17.2 at-bats.
The Athletics won the last meeting 6-1. Frankie Montas earned his fifth victory and Sean Murphy went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Oakland. Matt Shoemaker took his fourth loss for Minnesota.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nelson Cruz ranks second on the Twins with nine home runs and has 22 RBIs.
Laureano leads the Athletics with eight home runs and is slugging .478.
LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 2-8, .234 batting average, 5.52 ERA, outscored by 23 runs
Athletics: 6-4, .216 batting average, 3.74 ERA, outscored by three runs