The Twins are 6-5 on this key 12-game homestand, and Sunday's series finale against the Tigers is another big one.
On their flight to Texas, the Twins will either be five or seven games behind Detroit.
Francisco Liriano (6-7, 4.56 ERA) said he'll try to treat it like any other start, but the Twins always worry about him putting too much pressure on himself.
The Tigers counter with righthander Rick Porcello (9-6, 4.76 ERA), who has two wins against the Twins already this season (May 10 and June 1) and enters this one riding a three-game winning streak.
* The Twins had lost 11 straight against Detroit (including all seven games this year) before Saturday.
* Ben Revere stole his 14th base. He leads all MLB rookies.
* Glen Perkins has allowed one earned run in his past 15 appearances, racking up 17 strikeouts in 13 innings.
* Joe Nathan, who needs just one save to tie Rick Aguilera's Twins record (254), has posted a 1.59 ERA in 12 games since returning from the DL.