Brandon Poulson, a 6-foot-6 right-hander, pitched this summer for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in the collegiate Sacramento Rural League. He played last season for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco after taking a couple of years off to work in his father's excavating business. He also has played football and baseball and Santa Rosa Community College.
The Twins plan to send him to their rookie club in Elizabethton, Tenn.
Said Sean Johnson, Minnesota's scouting supervisor for the West Coast: "This kid came out of nowhere."
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a 10-year lease extension to keep the Athletics in Oakland. The approval encompasses recent changes to the agreement between local officials and A's owner Lew Wolff. The deal already had been approved by the Oakland City Council and will become official once the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority ratifies the changes.