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A's beat Twins 8-2, increase lead in AL West

  • Oakland Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — With Josh Reddick back and hitting home runs, the Oakland Athletics are bringing some more muscle and a bigger lead into a crucial weekend series.

Reddick homered and had three RBIs, A.J. Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings, and the A's beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 Thursday afternoon to increase their division lead to 3? games over idle Texas in the American League West. It is Oakland's largest lead over the Rangers since Aug. 3. The teams are to scheduled play a three-game series this weekend in the Lone Star State.

"We know it's an important series, but we're not going to sweat about it," Reddick said. "We know we can beat those guys."

Reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after missing time with a sprained right wrist, Reddick hit an eighth-inning pitch from Brian Duensing into the right field seats for an 8-1 Oakland lead. It was his 11th homer of the season in his 99th game. He hit 32 in 156 games last year.

"Being able to hit it hard ... without my wrist hurting really felt good," said Reddick, who was also on the disabled list May 7-30 with the same injury. "Watching these guys the last two weeks it kind of stung not being able to be a part of it, but I was just hoping to come back and just jump on board and not screw up the rhythm. Hopefully, more days like this are coming."


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