(Nick Swisher, right, with the A’s batboy. Bad grooming starts early in the East Bay)
A’s 8, Twins 3 (A’s win the series, 3-0)
“Did you ever think you’d hear a crowd chanting for Marco Scutaro in the playoffs?” asked Gary Thorne.
“I don’t think Marco Scutaro ever imagined such a thing,” replied Steve Stone, who’d be a huge improvement on virtually every TV mouthpiece working these playoffs for Fox and ESPN.
Though 4 unearned runs for Oakland in the 7th make this appear like a laugher, for Minnesota fans there was nothing funny about Torii Hunter being called out at the plate in the visitors’ 6th. Even Lt. Dangle would have to concur Milton Bradley made a brilliant throw after scooping up Rondell White’s single.