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Preview: Rangers (22-38) at Twins (36-23)
Game: 4
Venue: Target Field
Date: June 12, 2011 2:10 PM EDT
  

Target Field hasn't provided the Minnesota Twins with much of a home-field advantage this season, but they are now in position to take three of four there from the reigning AL champions.

The Twins will try to continue their home success against the Texas Rangers in Sunday's series finale.

Although Minnesota (25-39) has the worst record in the AL and Texas (36-30) leads the West, the Twins have won two of three against the Rangers including an 8-1 victory Saturday.

Scott Baker pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game of the season, and Delmon Young had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for Minnesota, which has won eight of 10 overall and nine of its last 10 at home against Texas. The Twins lost 9-3 on Friday.

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"We are in last place, so we are not in a tight race like over there,' said shortstop Alexei Casilla, who had three hits and scored two runs. "So, the pressure is not on us. It's on the guys on top. So, we've been playing without pressure. Just relax and try to go back to .500."

Turning things around at home will be especially important if Minnesota still hopes to contend. The Twins have won only one series this season at Target Field - a two-game set against Cleveland on April 23 and 24. Saturday's victory improved them to 8-16 at home.

Meanwhile, Texas maintains a small lead over Seattle in the AL West despite having lost four of six. On Saturday, its potent lineup that had scored 20 runs in its previous three games went nearly silent. Josh Hamilton, who had three homers and 10 RBIs in his previous eight games, struck out three times against Baker before singling in the ninth.

Probable starter Matt Harrison (5-5, 3.48 ERA) will try to help the Rangers bounce back as he continues to deal with a kidney stone.

The issue bothered Harrison in an 8-1 loss to Detroit on Tuesday, when he gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings.

Harrison still hadn't passed the kidney stone as of Friday, but didn't expect it to impact this start.

"Right now, I'm fine. ... The last two days have been good," he told the Rangers' official website. "The thing just hasn't come out yet. The only thing is to get back my running strength."

The left-hander's only start against the Twins came in 2008. He made four relief appearances against them last season, allowing two runs and five hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Francisco Liriano (3-6, 5.20) will take the mound for the Twins in his second start since a stint on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.

Liriano allowed one unearned run and three hits in five innings of a 1-0 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, striking out seven.

The left-hander has fared poorly in three starts at Target Field, going 0-3 while allowing 18 runs and 17 hits in 11 innings.

Liriano is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers - all in Arlington.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rangers at Twins
Thu, Jun 9 Final 4 to 5
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 2
Rangers at Twins
Fri, Jun 10 Final 9 to 3
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 3
Rangers at Twins
Sat, Jun 11 Final 1 to 8
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 4
Rangers at Twins
Sun, Jun 12 Final 1 to 6
 Boxscores  •  Recaps

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  56%   38%   68% 
 MIN  44%   62%   32% 
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