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LOS ANGELES -- Southern Californias path to the Pac-12 title game is clear.A win over rival UCLA, plus losses by Utah and Colorado, would give the Trojans the Pac-12 South for the second consecutive year.In a quirk of the schedule, No. 15 USC will know where it stands before it kicks off against the Bruins late Saturday night, as the No. 11 Utes and No. 12 Buffaloes play early afternoon games.If Utah and Colorado both win, USC would be eliminated from Pac-12 title contention as it would lose any potential three-team tiebreaker. A Colorado loss to No. 20 Washington State would have USC rooting for the Buffaloes to defeat Utah the following week, holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over Colorado after a 21-17 win at the Coliseum in October.That puts USC players and coaches in the awkward position of whether or not to watch the scoreboard, with coach Clay Helton admitting he would.Ill look at the score and see where we are at, Helton said.Defensive end Porter Gustin wont actively be keeping tabs on Utah and Colorado, but figures he will know where USC stands anyway.Ill probably hear about it. Were all going to be interested, Gustin said. If they lose, of course its going to be nice. I think it will help get us up, get the energy up. Either way the energy is going to be up though.Though USC is coming off a win at No. 7 Washington and has won six games in a row, its longest streak since 2008 when it last won a conference title, everyone in the program insists there is no risk of a letdown this week against struggling UCLA.Our backs are against the wall, safety Chris Hawkins said. We felt like that from Game 1, but it just didnt work in our favor early on. Now it has turned around and our hard work is really showing.That is especially true for the defensive front, which sacked Huskies quarterback Jake Browning three times in the upset win. Gustin has four tackles for loss in USCs last three games and sacked Browning twice, which he credits to more rigorous film study.I thought I was preparing as much as I needed to and then something wasnt going my way, so I knew I needed to step something up, Gustin said.If Gustin and his cohorts can maintain that pressure against UCLA, it could be a long night for Bruins quarterback Mike Fafaul. The former walk-on completed only 3 of 11 passes for 33 yards under duress in UCLAs 38-24 win over Oregon State.Getting after Fafaul would help keep up USCs end of the bargain to play for the Pac-12 title, and Hawkins insists he wont take a look at the outcomes involving Utah and Colorado until that happens.Ill find out afterwards because if you are worried about other people then you are not focused on what you have to do, Hawkins said. Our goal was to make the Pac-12 championship and thats still in sight right now, so we havent really moved past that. Were focused on UCLA. 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Sure enough, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire immediately signalled for the intentional walk. The reason Leyland took the chance? Prince Fielder was coming up next, and facing right-hander Jared Burton. "If they had a tough lefty to pitch to Prince -- maybe Glen Perkins if it had been the ninth inning -- I might not have bunted," Leyland said. "Prince has 40 RBIs hitting behind Miguel Cabrera, so I was willing to roll the dice with him." The plan worked, but only barely. Fielder hit what looked like a possible double-play grounder, but it deflected off Burtons glove and past second baseman Brian Dozier. Infante scored easily, and the Tigers held on to win 7-6. "You hate walking anyone to pitch to Prince Fielder, I can tell you that right now," Gardenhire said. "But youve got to take your choice, and the way Cabrera is swinging the bat, youve got to do it. We got the groundball. It just didnt work out." Before the intentional walk, Cabrera had driven in three runs, including his sixth homer in four games. Hes matched a career high by homering in four straight games. He has also walked five times in the four games, and Fielder has followed all five with hits, driving in seven more runs. In the four games, the pair have combined to drive in 20 runs. "Its absolutely incredible what they are doing," Tigers starter Rick Porcello said. "If I were pitching against them, Id just walk both of them every time they came up." Joaquin Benoit (1-0) picked up the win with a perfect inning of relief, while Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his fifth save. The Tigers trailed 6-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, but scored three times off three Minnesota pitchers. Infante singled and Cabrera walked with one out, bringing Brian Duuensing into the game.dddddddddddd He allowed RBI singles to Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez before giving way to Burton. Jhonny Peralta greeted Burton (0-2) with a game-tying double, and Matt Tuiasosopo was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Brayan Pena and Andy Dirks popped out to end the inning. "We gave the game over to our bullpen, and they usually do the job," Gardenhire said. "Just didnt happen today." The Tigers had taken a 2-0 lead in the first when Cabrera lifted a 2-2 pitch into the bullpens beyond the left-field fence. It was the first of his six homers in four games that he had pulled -- the others had all been to centre field or right-centre. Porcello almost got a second straight inning-ending double play in the second, but Jhonny Peralta juggled Doziers grounder and Dozier beat the relay throw to allow Justin Morneau to score. Minnesota started the third with three straight singles, tying the game, and Josh Willingham made it 5-2 by pulling Porcellos pitch deep into the left-field stands. Scott Diamond retired 10 straight batters after Tuiasosopos second-inning single, but Detroit loaded the bases with two out in the fifth on two singles and a walk. Cabrera bounced an infield single up the middle, making it 5-3, but Diamond got Fielder to pop out and end the inning. Detroit threatened again in the sixth, putting runners on second and third with two out, but Fien came on to strike out pinch-hitter Andy Dirks. Willingham then moved the lead to three runs with a solo homer off Darin Downs in the seventh. "Thats a tough loss," Willingham said. "I felt good at the plate, and I was able to get the pitchers to elevate the ball. Thats the key to doing what I do." NOTES: The start of the game was delayed for an hour by rain. ... Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon left the game after the top of the third with an sprained right index finger. Florimon appeared to sustain the injury while sliding head-first into third base. 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