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MIN@CWS: Hughes solid, fans seven in Twins debut

The A's will look to continue their torrid tear against the Twins on Wednesday, when the two clubs meet for the middle matchup of a three-game set at Target Field following a rare Tuesday off-day.

Oakland has won 12 of its last 14 games against the Twins, including seven straight dating to last year, and six of the last seven in Minnesota.

The A's scored eight runs in Monday's opener, giving them 76 total in eight games vs. Minnesota since the start of last year -- compared to 26 runs scored by the Twins in that same span.

Minnesota will have Phil Hughes on the mound to try to stop Oakland's momentum on Wednesday. The right-hander is looking to bounce back after giving up four runs on seven hits, including two homers, over five innings in his Twins debut against the White Sox on Thursday.

Hughes will be making his first start in a Twins uniform at Target Field after posting a 2.11 ERA there in three starts as a Yankee. He's hopeful the move to the spacious park will help him as a flyball pitcher, as he was prone to giving up homers at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.

"I've always loved pitching here in the past," said Hughes, who is 3-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 10 career games (seven starts) against the A's. "It's a pitchers' ballpark, and it's a beautiful ballpark as well. I think it's one of the best in baseball."

The A's will counter with right-hander Jesse Chavez, who is slated to make his second start of the season and just the fourth of his career. He settled for a no-decision in his first start against the Mariners last week, allowing just one earned run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings.

Chavez is 0-0 with a 6.14 ERA in six career appearances against Minnesota, all in relief. But the A's have always envisioned the 30-year-old as a starter, and his four-pitch repertoire suits this role.

"A lot of guys, it takes awhile for them to just accept themselves and have the belief at the big league level that they can do it," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "And he's there now. It's pretty impressive, and it's a testament to his commitment and belief in himself."

A's: Crisp, Lowrie questionable for Wednesday
Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp, who is experiencing left wrist inflammation, received a cortisone shot on Sunday to ease the discomfort, and he was not in the lineup for Monday's series opener. With an off-day Tuesday, the A's are hoping that two days of rest are enough for Crisp, who could potentially be back in the lineup as soon as Wednesday.

Crisp has reached base safely in each of his first five games to start the season. He hit three home runs in six games against Minnesota last year and has 11 career homers against the Twins, matching his most against any team (White Sox).

Shortstop Jed Lowrie is also day to day after getting hit by a pitch in his lower right leg in the seventh inning Monday.

Twins: Bartlett to DL, Herrmann recalled
The Twins placed utility man Jason Bartlett on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain and recalled catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester before Monday's home opener. Bartlett, 0-for-3 in three games so far this season, sustained the injury sliding into home plate in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Indians.

"With Bart, we didn't think it was that big of a deal, but he had to come out of the game and it started to stiffen up on him on the plane last night," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He went on the field today with [head trainer Dave] Pruemer, and he ran around and could feel it. So we had to figure out what we were going to do, and because he wasn't ready for a few days, we decided to put Bartlett on the DL."

Worth noting
• Twins first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello was named co-American League Player of the Week with Josh Hamilton on Monday after hitting .391 (9-for-23) with four doubles, one home run, 11 RBIs and four runs scored.

• Josh Willingham (bruised left wrist) and Oswaldo Arica (sore left wrist) were both held out of action for the Twins on Monday. Both are expected to be reevaluated on Wednesday, and they could hit the 15-day disabled list if they're not ready to play.

• A's right-hander Jim Johnson has converted all five of his save opportunities in 13 career games against the Twins.

• Yoenis Cespedes, who collected a double in Monday's opener, is a .385 (20-for-52) career hitter against Minnesota, which is his best average against any AL team.

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