The Oakland Athletics are coming off a victory as they get set to play the third game of this four-game set against the Minnesota Twins, tied at one apiece. Left-handed Oakland ace Scott Kazmir takes on Minnesota righty Kyle Gibson. Coco Crisp makes his long-awaited return to the Athletics.
Kazmir earned no decision after continuing his perfect streak of quality starts to begin the season, allowing three runs in six innings on the way to the A's coming back to win 7-5 against the Texas Rangers. He has six consecutive quality starts, dating back to his final start of the 2014 season. He is 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA.
Gibson was the winner of a 1-0 contest against the Chicago White Sox on May 1, throwing eight innings of shutout ball while striking out four and walking one. Gibson is very much a ground ball pitcher, with his two-seam fastball his main pitch. He is 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA.
There have been some concerns about the weather heading into tonight's contest, but it appears that there is a break directly over downtown Minneapolis in the line of thunderstorms moving through Minnesota. The A's were able to take batting practice this afternoon:
Rain chances for the rest of the night are around 20% and not heavy. The bigger concern is the chance of thunderstorms for Thursday's finale.
Oakland will try to win consecutive games for the first time since April 13-14. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10!