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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 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

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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

Ervin Santana was hit hard in a Sunday's loss to the Red Sox, surrendering six runs on five hits over his six innings of work.

Santana walked three and struck out four on the afternoon. He entered Sunday's start with a league leading 0.66 ERA, but wasn't sharp in this one. All of the damage against him was done via the long ball, with Dustin Pedroia, Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts and Sandy Leon all leaving the yard. Even with this disaster, he'll still bring an impressive 1.72 ERA and 0.79 WHIP into Friday's start against the Indians in Cleveland.
May 7 - 6:00 PM

Ervin Santana struck out seven through six scoreless innings as the Twins defeated the A's 9-1 on Tuesday.

Six starts and three runs allowed equates to a 0.66 ERA for Santana. The miracle is that he's allowed just 16 hits in 42 innings with a strikeout rate right around the league average for starters. That's not sustainable, of course, but he has a long ways to fall before he'll cease being of use in fantasy leagues.
May 3 - 12:46 AM

Ervin Santana pitched seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday in a victory over the Rangers.

While he hasn't amassed a 0.77 ERA by accident, Santana has had an awfully favorable schedule so far. Of course, we probably won't look back at a start against the Rangers in Texas as favorable in a couple of months, but it's a lineup of guys hitting under .250 with one OPS better than .750 right now. Santana has somehow allowed just 13 hits in 35 innings. His 26/10 K/BB ratio isn't as impressive, but it's still plenty solid. He'll get the A's next time out.
Apr 26 - 1:15 AM

Ervin Santana didn't factor into the decision Thursday after holding the Indians to one run and four hits in six innings.

Santana wasn't very efficient in this one, throwing 114 pitches in his six innings. Still, he was quite successful once again, this time while facing a significantly tougher opponent than he did his first three times out (he previously drew the Royals and the White Sox twice). He's allowed just two runs over 28 innings in his four starts.
Apr 20 - 5:49 PM

Ervin Santana fired a one-hit, complete game shutout against the White Sox on Saturday.

He allowed a single to Omar Narvaez in the third inning and a walk to Avisail Garcia in the fourth. Other than that he was perfect. It was the first shutout in the majors this season. He struck out eight batters in the masterpiece and moves to 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA after three starts. He has 15 strikeouts while allowing five hits and five walks in 22 innings of work. He flew under the radar in drafts this spring despite putting up a 3.38 ERA last year.
Apr 15 - 6:22 PM

Ervin Santana worked six shutout innings Sunday in the Twins' 4-1 victory over the White Sox.

Santana was terrific in the Twins' season-opening victory over the Royals on Monday, tossing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out three, and he looked even better Sunday on the south side of Chicago. The division-rival White Sox managed just two hits and two walks against him and Santana finished the afternoon with four strikeouts. He'll bring a 2-0 record and 0.69 ERA into his next scheduled start at home against this same White Sox team.
Apr 9 - 6:48 PM

Ervin Santana held the Royals to one run over seven innings as the Twins earned a 7-1 season-opening victory Monday at Target Field.

Santana gave up a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the top of the fourth inning but mostly looked in control throughout the afternoon, yielding just one other hit. He walked two and struck out three while inducing seven groundouts. Santana was one of the few bright spots on the Twins' roster last season, delivering a 3.38 ERA over 181 1/3 innings. He'll try to keep it all working in his second start of 2017, this weekend against the White Sox.
Apr 3 - 8:02 PM

Ervin Santana has been announced as the Twins' Opening Day starter.

As expected. Santana will get the ball at home against Kansas City on April 3. He'll be followed in the rotation by Hector Santiago and Kyle Gibson. Last year Santana was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season for the Twins, contributing a 3.38 ERA over 30 starts.
Mar 28 - 2:47 PM

Ervin Santana was dominant in Friday's Grapefruit League start against the Orioles, racking up six strikeouts while not allowing an earned run over four innings.

The right-hander allowed just an unearned run on four hits and a pair of walks on the night. He looks to be in mid-season form already and is expected to take the ball on Opening Day for the Twins.
Mar 24 - 10:21 PM

Ervin Santana is joining Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Santana had thrown five scoreless innings over two Grapefruit League starts. He left Twins camp on Monday morning and hopped a flight to San Diego.
Mar 13 - 11:36 AM

Ervin Santana pitched four innings of two-run ball Thursday as the Twins beat Colombia 10-7 in an exhibition game.

This one won't count in Santana's spring starts, so his perfect ERA through five innings remains intact. Including this one, he's allowed 11 hits, walked two and struck out six in nine innings.
Mar 9 - 4:40 PM

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