Delmon Young keeps delivering in another one-run win over A's
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The Minnesota Twins won't win a whole lot of games without four of their regular starters.
Delmon Young is doing his part to fill the void.
On a night regulars Justin Morneau (flu), Michael Cuddyer (bereavement), Orlando Hudson (wrist) and J.J. Hardy (wrist) all were out of the lineup, Young drove in one run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning and two more on a bases-loaded single in the sixth inning of a 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics.
This, a night after Young went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in another one-run win for the depleted Twins, who got seven strong innings Saturday from Francisco Liriano.
Jesse Crain blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth, costing Liriano a win and forcing the Twins to utilize cameo appearances from Morneau and Hardy in a wild top of the ninth, capped by Matt Tolbert's winning single to center field.
But the star was Young, who now has hit safely in seven of the Twins' past eight games -- a span in which he's batting .300, slugging .500 and has driven in 10 of the team's 27 runs.
On the road trip, Young is 7-for-24 (.292) with two doubles, a home run and seven RBIs. And that production has come up big the past two nights for the Twins, who have snapped out of their three-game slide in Seattle with consecutive wins despite fielding what looked like a Class-AAA infield on Saturday night.
Now, they have a chance to complete an unlikely sweep on Sunday, when right-hander Nick Blackburn (6-2, 4.73 ERA) takes the mound against lefty Gio Gonzales (5-3, 3.68).