Michael Perez, Pittsburgh
Once coached by Rocco Baldelli on the Rays, Perez came in 1-for-18 this year but doubled, homered and singled, driving in three.
BY THE NUMBERS
33 Nelson Cruz's career plate appearances vs. Trevor Cahill without hitting a home run; only Jeremy Guthrie (34) has stifled Cruz more.
14 Unearned runs given up by the Twins in 2021, more than any American League team.
2:43 Time of game, making Friday and Saturday's games the two fastest nine-inning Twins games of the season.
The Twins have lost only one home series vs. the Pirates, a two-game sweep in 2015. They will try to avoid another Sunday with Matt Shoemaker on the mound.