Brayan Pena has been carrying more of the catching load in recent days. So far, he has shown that he can handle it just fine.

Pena had three hits for the second time in three games Saturday afternoon as the Detroit Tigers suffered a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The switch-hitting Pena is playing more regularly right now with starting catcher Alex Avila struggling at the plate. Pena has been hitting the ball well and is getting more and more comfortable with the pitching staff every day.

"It's still a work in progress," Pena said of gaining a rapport with the pitching staff. "I'm not going to lie to you. It takes time for us to click. You can have great games, you can have so-so games, you can have some bad games. That's going to happen. That's baseball. The fact of the matter is, I continue to work. I continue to improve. I continue to make sure that they feel comfortable with me behind home plate. …

"That's going to be my main goal, just getting closer to them, like a marriage," Pena added. "This is going to be like a six-month marriage, or seven. That's the way I see it."