In his seven-year career with the Twins, Joe Nathan had 33 save opportunities against the Tigers.

He converted all 33.

Never in those seven years did the Tigers erase a ninth-inning deficit against Nathan.

The Tigers beat Nathan once. It happened in 2007, when he entered a tied game. In the 10th inning that day in the Metrodome, Brandon Inge doubled in the winning run off him.

Nathan has been one of two American League relievers in the past decade whose entry into the game with a lead has represented "Good night, Detroit." The other is Mariano Rivera, who last blew a save against the Tigers in 1999