Before Thursday's game, Rangers closer Joe Nathan spent a long time talking with Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson behind the batting cage at Rangers Ballpark. On Friday, Nathan stood out in the outfield with Justin Morneau and other Twins players for several minutes, catching up with his former teammates.

There's a piece of Nathan's heart that is still in Minnesota, where he was given a chance to close and become one of the best in the game for seven seasons and a club-record 260 saves. But his desire to be on a winning team has taken him deep in the heart of Texas.

"It's been good," he said. "It's been fun. It's been everything I expected, and more."