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Twins Vs. Athletics: Brian Duensing Knocked Out Early

The Minnesota Twins second half woes didn't get any better on Sunday as a poor start from Brian Duensing found them behind early. Duensing was lifted from the game after allowing six runs and seven hits in two innings.

The Twins trail the Oakland Athletics, 6-2, after four innings.

Duensing allowed three home runs to the Athletics in the second inning. Jonny Gomes, Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter all took the Twins starter deep.

Casey Fien came on in relief for Duensing.

The Twins scored their two runs when Josh Willingham had an RBI on an error in the first inning and when Alexi Casilla hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning.

A loss on Sunday would mean that Oakland swept Minnesota.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.