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Jeremy Giambi gets four hits, six RBI

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The younger brother and expectant father gave
the Oakland Athletics everything they needed Wednesday night.

Jeremy Giambi, the younger brother of American League most valuable player MVP Jason
Giambi, drove in a career-high six runs, going 4-for-4 as the A's
beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 for their fourth consecutive victory.

Tim Hudson (11-5) scattered four hits over seven scoreless
innings, striking out eight and walking one. He will be on an
airplane Thursday morning to be with his wife, Kim, who is
expecting their first child.

Together, they led the A's to their 15th victory in 19 games.
The AL Central-leading Twins dropped their fourth in a row.

Jeremy Giambi set the tone for his big night by working the
Twins' Brad Radke for 12 pitches before hitting a run-scoring infield
single in the first inning.

"That's one you send to your minor-leaguers and say, 'This is
how you battle with two strikes, gentlemen,' " A's manager Art
Howe said. "We made Radke throw about 35 pitches in the first
inning. After that, you can work the count through the rest of the
game and know he won't be there at the end."

Radke (10-6) had thrown 113 pitches when he left after 5 2/3
innings, having given up five runs and 10 hits. He is 3-5 with four
no-decisions and a 4.73 ERA in his last 12 starts; he was 7-1 with
a 2.83 ERA in his first nine starts.

"They gave Radke all he could handle," Twins manager Tom Kelly
said. "Foul off. Foul off. And then get a hit."

Giambi had the third four-hit game of his career, his most
recent coming July 5, 2000. He has hit safely in all seven games
since the All-Star break, going 14-for-30. He said patience -- and
having his big brother hit behind him in the cleanup spot -- has
been the key to his recent success.

"I had a great at-bat that first at-bat," Giambi said. "I
guess I saw every pitch he threw, so that helped later on. That set
the precedent.

"Batting in front of Jason, they've been coming after me, and
I've had a chance to drive in some runs and do some things."

Howe was worried that Hudson (11-5) might have other things on
his mind when he took the mound. Instead, Hudson improved to 4-0
lifetime against the Twins, allowing just nine earned runs in 50
innings.

"I don't know what the reason is, but I have pretty good stuff
when I face these guys," Hudson said. "I think it's the climate.
It's not hot, it's not cold. Since I'm a groundball pitcher, you
wouldn't think I'd like it. But I like the fact you're always going
to get true hops."

The Twins either struck out or grounded out for 18 of their 21
outs against Hudson.

"The guy can pitch," the Twins' Torii Hunter said. "He throws
balls in the dirt, keeps it low and causes a lot of groundballs."

Johnny Damon led off the game with a triple and scored on Jeremy
Giambi's infield single. First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz fielded
the chopper, considered throwing home and was late with the throw
to first.

Jeremy Giambi also hit two-run singles in the second and fourth
innings. Miguel Tejada and Billy McMillon scored on his
bases-loaded hit to left-center in the second. Ramon Hernandez and
Damon scored on his hit in the fourth.

Hernandez scored from third in the eighth when Twins reliever
Hector Carrasco failed to check him on a comebacker by Frank
Menechino. Giambi followed with a run-scoring double.

Hunter hit a two-run homer in the Twins' ninth.

Game notes
Tejada has hit safely in 19 of his last 21 games. ... Radke
walked Damon in the fourth, snapping a stretch of 37 innings
without a walk over six games. Radke also walked Jeremy Giambi in
the sixth. ... The Twins' Paul Molitor coached third base for Ron
Gardenhire, who twisted his knee during batting practice.
Gardenhire will undergo an MRI on Thursday.