Matsui Helps A’s Beat Twins 8-3

OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Scott Sizemore hit a three-run double in the fifth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 8-3 on Saturday night.

Hideki Matsui singled twice and reached five times for the A’s, who snapped a three-game losing streak to the Twins. Matsui is batting a major league-best .473 since the All-Star break.

Oakland also got three hits from Conor Jackson and two from Coco Crisp, who is being mentioned in trade rumors as Sunday’s non-waiver deadline approaches. Cliff Pennington extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games and scored the go-ahead run in the second.

Jim Thome had two hits and an RBI for Minnesota.

Oakland also was working on a trade that would send right-hander Rich Harden to the Boston Red Sox.

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