Danny Santana went 3-for-5 with a triple, a double, a steal and three runs scored as the Twins topped the Tigers 8-4 on Wednesday.
Santana was playing center field again, even though the Twins decided to sit Eduardo Escobar (Eduardo Nunez played shortstop). The team keeps paying lip service to the idea of Santana as a shortstop, but if management believed in him there, he wouldn't be starting in the outfield so frequently. At least Santana is hitting; he has nine hits in his last four games, pushing his average back up to .324.
David Price surrendered five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Twins.
It's the fifth straight start in which Price has allowed at least eight hits. Never before in his career had he gone more than two straight starts with eight hits allowed. Part of it is on Price, but a great deal of the responsibility goes to the dreadful Tigers defense. Price will miss this weekend's Royals series and get the White Sox next time out.
Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two doubles Wednesday in the loss to the Twins.
He finally made an out in the ninth when he flew out to the warning track. Cabrera's doubles were the Tigers' only extra-base hits of the night. He now has 48 doubles, just two shy of his career high from way back in 2005.
Ian Kinsler went 0-for-5 against the Twins in Wednesday's loss.
Kinsler has escaped the criticism given to Joe Nathan and Justin Verlander, but he's been among the Tigers' biggest liabilities lately, with a .239 average and a horrible .265 OBP in 314 at-bats since the beginning of July. He's walked a total of 27 times in 151 games this year, down from 51 in 136 games last year and a high of 89 in 155 games in 2011. As a result, he's set to finish with easily the worst OBP of his career, even tough he's hitting right at his career average.
Yordano Ventura outdueled Chris Sale on Wednesday, holding the White Sox to one run and three hits over seven innings in a victory.
Ventura upped his record to 13-10 with a 3.19 ERA. That would have been good enough to make him the AL Rookie of the Year last season; this season, he probably ranks fourth or fifth among AL rookies alongside Matt Shoemaker and behind Jose Abreu, Dellin Betances and Collin McHugh.