"We need something big every day," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "We just need to start playing better."
They could also use some pitching, especially from their starters. Opening Day starter Kevin Millwood opens the Twins series on Friday hoping to give his bullpen teammates some rest after all the innings they pitched on the road trip.
"I look at it as all my starts are important, but it would be nice to get the homestand off on a good note," Millwood said. "It's my job -- everybody else's job, too -- we all have to pitch deeper in the ballgame and try to keep the bullpen from burning themselves out before May."
The Rangers lost seven of nine to the Twins last year, including two of three at the Ballpark. Twins catcher Joe Mauer has a career .178 average against the Rangers, his lowest against any American League team.
Monday is the Rangers' only day off in a stretch that began on April 8 and calls for them to play 36 games in 37 days.
TEX: RHP Kevin Millwood (1-2, 2.53 ERA)
Millwood is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts at home this year and is 8-1 with a 3.52 ERA in his last 13 starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. In 35 career starts in Arlington, he is 16-11 with a 4.97 ERA. He has never beaten the Twins in his career, going 0-5 with a 5.64 ERA that is his third highest against any American League team. Four of his five outings this year have been quality starts.
MIN: RHP Nick Blackburn (1-1, 2.49 ERA)
The rookie right-hander made it two straight impressive outings at the Metrodome to start the season. After holding the Angels to just one run in his first start of the year, Blackburn delivered a nearly identical start against the Indians. He pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, holding Cleveland to eight hits while not issuing a walk in the outing, although he did record one hit-by-pitch.
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Michael Young has a nine-game hitting streak and is hitting .400 (16-for-40) during that stretch. ... Kinsler took Thursday off and still has a streak of having reached base safely in 22 straight games. ... The Rangers have had the lead at some point in six of their last seven games.
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Saturday: Rangers (Scott Feldman, 0-0, 4.50) vs. Twins (Scott Baker, 2-0, 3.51), 7:05 p.m. CT
Sunday: Rangers (Vicente Padilla, 2-2, 4.97) vs. Twins (Livan Hernandez, 3-0, 3.55), 1:05 p.m. CT