Oakland Athletics defeat Minnesota Twins, 4-3

OAKLAND, CALIF. - Twins pitcher Scott Baker never has met the Oakland pitcher he'll oppose tonight, but they are linked by their connections to Oklahoma State.

Athletics left-hander Brett Anderson, 21, is the son of current Oklahoma State baseball coach Frank Anderson. Baker pitched at OSU from 2001 to '03, though that was before Frank Anderson became the coach.

When Baker was pitching for the Cowboys, the coach was Tom Holliday, father of A's left fielder Matt Holli...

OAKLAND, CALIF. - Anthony Swarzak had yet to make his major league debut last month, when the Twins' road struggles started to become glaring.

As the team suffered through a six-game losing streak in New York and Chicago, it seemed each time their offense took a step forward, their pitchers quickly took two steps back.

Swarzak seemed immune. His first two big league starts were both impressive, and even though his first three starts came at home, there was hope he'd ...