by Cutter Hicks, Sports 1140 KHTK

The Oakland Athletics snapped their three-game losing streak with an 8-5 win over the Minnesota Twins Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

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The team had reason to celebrate. Home Plate Umpire Mike Muchlinski, however, didn’t find much enthusiasm after taking a pitch to the groin by Santiago Casilla at the bottom of the ninth inning.

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