Oakland Athletics defeat Minnesota Twins, 4-3

OAKLAND, CALIF. -- Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn thought he was living dangerously Thursday, no matter what the scoreboard said.

Yes, Blackburn carried a shutout bid into the eighth inning, and Oakland had managed just three hits, but he insisted he wasn't sharp, that the Athletics were getting themselves out.

As Blackburn spoke, after Oakland came back for a 4-3 victory at the Coliseum, it was easy to see why this was such a crushing loss for the Twins.

Despite th...