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A's taking the next step
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Athletics 8, Twins 3
Extending their lead in the seventh inning gave the A's plenty of reason to smile. (Ben Margot/AP)
Watch out, ALCS, because here come the A's for the first time since 1992. Eric Chavez and Milton Bradley hit homers as Oakland built a four-run lead and never looked back, breaking a string of nine losses in postseason elimination games. Marco Scutaro's seventh-inning double drove in three more runs.
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MIN
October 6, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0   3 12 3
Oakland
0 2 2 0 0 0 4 0 X   8 8 1
OAK
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Castillo, 2B5010001.273
Punto, 3B4010001.167
Mauer, C4010001.182
Cuddyer, RF4000012.250
Morneau, 1B4231000.417
Hunter, CF3121000.273
White, LF4031001.417
  1-Ford, PR0000000.000
Tyner, DH3000113.000
Bartlett, SS4010012.273
Totals3531231311 


1-Ran for White in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Morneau (1, Haren), Hunter (1, Haren).
HR: Hunter (1, 4th inning off Haren, 0 on, 2 out), Morneau (2, 8th inning off Duchscherer, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Castillo; Punto; Mauer; Morneau 7; Hunter 6; White 3; Bartlett.
RBI: Hunter (2), White (2), Morneau (2).
2-out RBI: Hunter; Morneau.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bartlett; Mauer.
S: Hunter.
GIDP: Cuddyer; Tyner.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Bartlett (2, fielding), Radke (1, fielding), Morneau (1, fielding).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kendall, C5010010.214
Kotsay, CF5100002.143
Bradley, RF5112000.077
Thomas, DH3110100.500
Chavez, 3B2221200.200
Payton, LF4210003.333
Swisher, 1B3101113.300
Scutaro, SS4024000.333
Jimenez, 2B4000012.000
Totals358884310 

BATTING
2B: Scutaro 2 (4, Radke, Crain), Chavez (1, Perkins).
HR: Chavez (1, 2nd inning off Radke, 0 on, 1 out), Bradley (1, 3rd inning off Radke, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Kendall; Bradley 4; Thomas; Chavez 6; Payton; Scutaro 4.
RBI: Chavez (1), Scutaro 4 (6), Bradley 2 (2), Swisher (1).
2-out RBI: Scutaro 4; Swisher.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jimenez 2; Kotsay; Swisher.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Kendall (1, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Bradley (Hunter at home).
DP: 2 (Chavez-Jimenez-Swisher, Jimenez-Scutaro-Swisher).

 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Radke (L, 0-1)4.05431226.75
Perkins 0.12000000.00
Rincon 1.20000003.00
Reyes 0.20202009.00
Crain 0.11201109.00
Guerrier 1.00000000.00
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Haren (W, 1-0)6.09221213.00
Duchscherer (H, 2)2.01110112.25
Street 1.02000003.00

IBB: Thomas (by Reyes).
Pitches-strikes: Radke 83-53, Perkins 12-8, Rincon 19-12, Reyes 17-7, Crain 16-10, Guerrier 5-4, Haren 89-59, Duchscherer 20-15, Street 16-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Radke 3-7, Perkins 0-1, Rincon 4-1, Reyes 1-1, Crain 0-0, Guerrier 0-3, Haren 10-5, Duchscherer 3-2, Street 2-1.
Batters faced: Radke 20, Perkins 3, Rincon 5, Reyes 4, Crain 4, Guerrier 3, Haren 26, Duchscherer 7, Street 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Rincon 2-0, Crain 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Mike Everitt. 1B: Ed Rapuano. 2B: Tim Tschida. 3B: Tony Randazzo. LF: Randy Marsh. RF: Kerwin Danley.
Weather: 56 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 13 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:55.
Att: 35,694.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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