Frank Thomas' two home runs lifted the Oakland A’s past Johan Santana and the Twins this afternoon.
Barry Zito (1-0) threw eight strong innings to give Oakland the 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Zito gave up four hits, one run and three walks while striking out one. Thomas went 3-for-4 with two homers, including one in the ninth off reliever Jesse Crain. Santana also lasted eight innings, but took the loss by allowing two runs in the second inning. Final Boxscore.
Beginning at 4 p.m., San Diego hosts St. Louis in the first National League game. Chris Carpenter (15-8, 3.09 ERA) has the ball for the Cards. San Diego counters with Jake Peavy (11-14, 4.09). Boxscore Live!
Then at 8 p.m., early season Cinderella Detroit is in New York to take on the Yankees. Nate Robertson (13-13, 3.84 ERA) takes on Chien-Ming Wang (19-6, 3.63). Boxscore