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MLB Team Report - Minnesota Twins - INSIDE PITCH

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Trevor May will make his major-league debut Saturday night, starting against an Oakland A's team that owns the best record in baseball.

May wouldn't have it any other way.

"If you want it to be memorable, you want to go against the best," May said before Minnesota's 6-5 loss to the A's on Friday night at the O.co Coliseum. "I'm excited about it. There's nowhere else I'd rather be, that's for sure."

May, 24, joined the Twins on Friday in Oakland and will be officially recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday. He went 8-6 with a 2.93 EAR in 17 starts for Rochester with 91 strikeouts and 37 walks in 95 1/3 innings.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound May likely would have been promoted earlier this season, but he suffered a strained right calf in late June and missed three weeks.

"It feels good to be back 100 percent from a little injury I had in June," May said. "My last start was where I really felt I could go over the 100-pitch area pretty easily. All the conditioning is back to where it needs to be and the arm strength's there. Everything's back to normal."

May learned of his promotion Thursday night after Rochester's victory over Indianapolis when his manager, Gene Glynn, announced the news to the entire Triple-A team.

"It's what you start playing baseball for to eventually get there," May said. "When I found out the news it was exciting. I tried to stay in it as long as possible, but now that I'm here and all the travel, all that thinking's done. It's time to do a job."

May's hometown is Kelso, Wash., and his parents, Terrie and Ron, will attend his major-league debut. So will his sister, his girlfriend and a handful of other relatives and close friends.

"We're actually as close to there as you could be without being in Seattle. So that's good," May said.

May was drafted by Philadelphia in the fourth round in 2008. Minnesota acquired May and pitcher Vance Worley on Dec. 6, 2012, in a trade with the Phillies, sending outfielder Ben Revere to Philadelphia.

May is actually coming off one of his worst starts of the season at Rochester. He gave up four earned runs on eight hits over six innings, walking four and striking out two against Louisville on Monday. In his previous nine starts, he allowed a combined 11 earned runs.

"He's been doing fine," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We've been patient up here, waiting for him to get here. He's been throwing good. He's excited. We're excited to get him up here and see what he does."

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MLB Team Report - Minnesota Twins - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 51-63

STREAK: Lost three