The Twins defeated Oakland 9-5 Friday night in the first game of a 3-game series.  Minnesota led 5-2 after 6 innings and put the game out of reach by scoring 4 runs in the 8th inning.  Trevor Plouffe played 2nd base and was 2-6 at the plate with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI, Michael Cuddyer hit a 3-run homerun and Joe Mauer was 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

Francisco Liriano thew 7 innings with 6 hits and 2 earned runs allowed to get the win and improve to 7-8.  Minnesota improves to 50-56 and remains 6 games back of Detroit for first place in the American League Central.  The Twins play at Oakland again tonight at 8:05, pregame on WJON at 7:30.