Minnesota Twins defeat Oakland Athletics, 4-3

OAKLAND, CALIF. - To call Saturday's lineup for the Twins spring training-esque wouldn't tell the whole story.

Yes, four regulars were missing: Justin Morneau (stomach flu), Orlando Hudson (sore wrist), J.J. Hardy (sore wrist), and Michael Cuddyer (bereavement list).

But in spring training, the slumps never seem as severe as the ones more healthy Twins are having, including Denard Span's 0-for-21, Brendan Harris' 0-for-20 and Nick Punto's 1-for-16.

So after Jesse ...

OAKLAND, CALIF. - Banged up, sick and grieving, the Twins played Oakland without four of their regulars Saturday night.

The Twins knew they would be without right fielder Michael Cuddyer, who is on the bereavement list attending his father-in-law's funeral in Virginia, and second baseman Orlando Hudson has been out since last Sunday because of an injured left wrist.

First baseman Justin Morneau came down with the stomach flu after a big performance in Friday night's ...