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Ervin Santana | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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Ervin Santana struggled in Friday's loss to the Tigers, allowing five runs on seven hits in just 3 1/3 innings of work.
The All-Star right-hander walked two and struck out three on the night. Victor Martinez did most of the damage against him, launching a pair of home runs and plating three. Even with the rough outing, Santana owns a terrific 3.26 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the season. He'll try to get back on track when he takes on the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Jul 21 - 11:47 PM

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Ervin Santana and Brandon Kintzler are drawing interest.

The Twins currently sit just 1 1/2 games out of first place in the American League Central, so it's hard to see them waving the white flag at this point. But, if they play poorly over the next couple weeks they might wind up selling off some assets. Santana ranks fourth in the AL with a 2.99 ERA and is under contract next season for $13.5 million. Kintzler is second in the AL with 25 saves and is an impending free agent.
Jul 16 - 11:39 AM

Ervin Santana surrendered two runs in six innings and snared a victory as his club beat the Astros 4-2 on Saturday.

He struggled with his control, issuing five walks against three strikeouts. He gave up five hits, including a solo home run by Jose Altuve. Santana improves to 11-6 with a 2.99 ERA in 19 starts. His .217 BABIP and 4.78 FIP scream that regression is coming, although that has been the case all season and he hasn't fallen off a cliff yet.
Jul 15 - 11:18 PM

Ervin Santana turned in a sparkling performance in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Angels, surrendering just two runs on seven hits in a complete game.

Santana struck out five and walked two on the evening. Kole Calhoun ripped him for a solo home run in the first inning, with one more run scoring on his line after Cameron Maybin came home on a double steal in the sixth inning. Other than that, Santana was in complete control. He finished up his outing having thrown 117 pitches (80 strikes). While he struggled in June, his overall numbers are still sharp as a tack. In 18 starts this season, the veteran right-hander holds an 2.99 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 91/40 K/BB ratio.
Jul 5 - 11:10 PM

Ervin Santana was knocked around for seven runs (five earned) over 5 1/3 innings Friday against the Royals.

Santana was charged with an error on a potential double play ball in the fourth inning, which opened the door for five runs to score in the frame. He allowed eight hits on the night, including two home runs. Santana has allowed 25 runs in 34 innings this month, increasing his ERA from 1.75 to 3.07.
Jun 30 - 11:24 PM

Ervin Santana mowed down the Indians over six scoreless frames Sunday in the Twins’ 4-0 victory.

The Indians actually managed nine hits off Santana but most of them were singles and they couldn’t do much with runners in scoring position (1-for-8). Santana fanned seven without allowing a walk while throwing 70 of his 108 pitches for strikes. Sunday’s win was Santana’s 10th of the year, placing him third in the majors behind Jason Vargas and Clayton Kershaw, who both have 11. Santana will go head-to-head with Vargas next Friday at Kansas City.
Jun 25 - 8:00 PM

Ervin Santana earned his ninth victory of the season on Tuesday despite allowing six runs on 10 hits over five innings against the White Sox.

Santana punched out six and walked two on the night. Most of the damage against him came during a four-run third inning where Avisail Garcia and Matt Davidson clubbed back-to-back home runs. Even with this poor effort, Santana still owns a terrific 2.97 ERA and 1.02 WHIP on the season. He'll do battle against the Indians in Cleveland on Sunday.
Jun 21 - 12:24 AM

Ervin Santana was tagged for five runs and nine hits in five innings by the Mariners on Wednesday.

While Santana surrendered nine hits, walked one and hit two batters, all of the runs scored on two homers; a two-run shot from Mitch Haniger as the second batter of the game and a three-run shot from Mike Zunino in the third. Santana had hit just two batters this year (and four in 181 innings last year) before plunking both Haniger and Zunino tonight. Oddly enough, both came after the home runs.
Jun 15 - 12:28 AM

Ervin Santana pitched his third shutout of the year Friday and knocked in three runs in a 4-0 win over the Giants.

The three RBI all came on his double off Matt Moore in the fourth. It's crazy how good Santana has been while striking out just 63 in 90 innings. He now has as many shutouts in 2017 that he did the previous six years combined, and he still almost four months to become the first AL starter with more than three shutouts in a year since 2011. He's 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA.
Jun 10 - 1:54 AM

Ervin Santana allowed seven earned runs, seven hits and three walks while recording just two strikeouts over four innings in a loss Saturday at L.A. Angels.

Santana served up three home runs, including Albert Pujols' historic grand slam for his 600th homer. He threw just 48 of his 82 pitches as his ERA rose from 1.75 to 2.44. After a sparkling 5-0 record and 0.66 ERA through his first six starts he is 2-3 with a 4.28 ERA over his past six assignments.
Jun 4 - 2:15 AM

Ervin Santana yielded two runs (one earned) over seven innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Monday.

Both runs scored in the fourth inning, but Santana left in position for the win after the Twins scored seven runs in the fifth inning. The Astros countered with an 11-run eighth inning to leave him with the no-decision. Santana gave up five hits (including a solo homer to Carlos Correa) and walked a pair while striking out six. While he didn’t get the win, he still leads the majors with a 1.78 ERA.
May 29 - 6:13 PM

Ervin Santana became the first pitcher to reach two shutouts this season on Tuesday, holding the Orioles off the scoreboard in a 2-0 victory.

Dylan Bundy was good in this one, but Santana was better. Singles from Welington Castillo and Jonathan Schoop and a couple walks were all the Orioles were able to muster off the right-hander. Santana struck out six batters on the night, needing just 105 pitches to complete the gem. The righty's other shutout came back on April 15 against the White Sox. Santana's 1.80 ERA is the best mark in baseball, and his 0.83 WHIP is second only to Chris Sale's 0.79 mark. He'll face the Astros next.
May 23 - 9:53 PM

Ervin Santana surrendered five runs in seven innings Thursday in a loss to the Rockies.

Incredibly, Santana still hasn't had a start this year in which he's given up as many hits as innings pitched. He allowed six in seven innings today. When he gave up six runs to Boston 11 days ago, he allowed five hits in six innings. In each of his other seven starts, he's allowed no more than one run or four hits.
May 18 - 4:19 PM

Wednesday's game between the Twins and Rockies has been postponed due to rain.

Twins manager Paul Molitor had been hoping that the teams could just wait out a rain delay and play later on Wednesday night, but the weather deities had other plans. A split doubleheader will be played on Thursday, with the first game scheduled to start at 1:10 EST and the second to start at 7:10. Ervin Santana and German Marquez, who had been scheduled to start on Wednesday, will face off in Game 1 of that doubleheader. Jose Berrios and Tyler Chatwood are slated for Game 2.

Ervin Santana rebounded from a rough outing his last time out to fire seven scoreless innings in Friday's victory over the Indians.

The right-hander allowed two hits and walked five while striking out four on the night. He needed to be every bit as good as he was too, as Josh Tomlin twirled a gem on the other side of the diamond as well. Santana now sits at 6-1 on the season with a fantastic 1.50 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 41/21 K/BB ratio over 54 innings. He'll do battle against the Rockies his next time out at home on Wednesday.
May 12 - 9:45 PM

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C1Jason Castro
2Chris Gimenez
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2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Robbie Grossman
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S1Ervin Santana
2Jose Berrios
3Hector Santiago
4Kyle Gibson
5Adalberto Mejia
6Bartolo Colon
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R1Brandon Kintzler
2Taylor Rogers
3Tyler Duffey
4Craig Breslow
5Glen Perkins
6Matt Belisle
7Ryan O'Rourke
8Justin Haley
9Buddy Boshers
10Ryan Pressly
11Phil Hughes
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