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Rehashing Monday night’s chaos

Last night’s game is still the talk at the ballpark this afternoon. Michael Wuertz had a crowd of reporters around him picking his brain about the final out at home plate. From what I’m told, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire still had plenty to say about the play. Something tells me his version of events and Wuertz’s probably clash a bit, huh?

Anyway, looking back on last night’s craziness, I have to think Matt Holliday’s performance made an impression on any teams considering him as a trade target. Scouts from several teams are watching this series — Yankees, Giants, Tigers, just to name a few. All three of those teams are believed to have at least some degree of interest in Holliday. Consider these 10 days left until the trading deadline a showcase for Holliday to convince a team to make a run at him.

In other news, A’s manager Bob Geren said he would wait to see how Andrew Bailey felt in his pregame throwing before determining if his closer was available tonight. Bailey is battling a sore left knee, but it’s not thought to be serious.

Justin Duchscherer threw a 20-pitch simulated game today and came out of it well, Geren said. He’ll pitch in his first minor league game Monday, not Sunday, as was originally announced. There’s no game scheduled in Phoenix on Sunday for Duke to pitch in.

Today’s lineup:

A’s
Kennedy 3B
Cabrera SS
Hairston CF
Holliday LF
Cust DH
Suzuki C
Barton 1B
Sweeney RF
Ellis 2B

Braden LHP

Twins
Gomez CF
Mauer C
Morneau 1B
Cuddyer RF
Kubel DH
Crede 3B
Young LF
Punto SS
Casilla 2B

Swarzak RHP