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Ervin Santana | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ervin Santana pitched well but couldn't quite earn the victory in Friday's loss to the Royals, surrendering two runs on four hits over seven innings.
Commendable work by Santana, but just not enough for the win in what eventually ended as a 3-1 Twins defeat. He struck out three and walked three on the evening. While he's done making starts in the regular season and closes out with a 4.00 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 82/36 K/BB ratio over 108 innings, there's a chance we see him again if the Twins can sneak into the postseason before the weekend's out. It will be all-hands-on-deck at that point. They currently sit 1.5 games back of the Astros for the final Wild Card spot, pending the outcome of Houston's Friday showdown with the Diamondbacks. Oct 2 - 11:28 PM

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Ervin Santana limited the Tigers to a lone run over seven innings, picking up the win on Sunday.

Santana relented the run in his final inning on a Josh Wilson RBI double. It was one of six hits he allowed along with two walks and five strikeouts. The win keeps hope alive for the Twins, who came into the day trailing the Astros for the second AL Wild Card by 1.5 games. Santana has a 4.10 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP and a 79/33 K/BB ratio over 101 innings. He'll host the Royals in his final regular season start.
Sep 27 - 4:23 PM

Ervin Santana pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run while striking out seven in a 3-1 win over the Indians on Tuesday.

Santana scattered five hits and a walk, allowing only an RBI infield single to Jose Ramirez through his seven innings of work. It was the latest in a string of impressive starts from the right-hander, who has gone at least seven innings allowing two runs or fewer in five straight starts. Not coincidentally, the win was his fourth in his last five starts after he'd lost his previous four decisions. Santana will take a 6-4 record, 4.31 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into Sunday's start at the Tigers.
Sep 22 - 11:21 PM

Ervin Santana had his fourth straight strong outing Wednesday, allowing two runs over seven innings against the Tigers.

Since his ERA peaked at 6.05 on Aug. 25, Santana has allowed five runs over 29 innings in four starts. Now it looks like the Twins really will miss him if they reach the ALDS (he's ineligible to pitch after his steroid suspension).
Sep 17 - 1:49 AM

Ervin Santana allowed two runs over seven innings Friday in a 6-2 win over the White Sox.

The only damage was a two-run homer by Adam Eaton in the fifth inning. Santana gave up six hits in all while walking two batters and striking out six. The 32-year-old has won three straight starts while allowing just three runs in 22 innings with a 27/4 K/BB ratio. He'll try to keep rolling with a start against the Tigers at home next week.
Sep 12 - 12:23 AM

Ervin Santana posted his best start of the season in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Astros, tossing eight innings of one-run ball while striking out 11.

Santana scattered six hits, walked two and struck out a season-high 11. An RBI double by Preston Tucker in the fifth would be the only run to score on Santana's watch. He's now fanned 21 batters over his last 15 innings. His season numbers are less impressive--4.93 ERA, 1.41 WHIP--but so long as he's pitching like this, he makes for an interesting play in daily leagues. We'll see if he can rack up double-digit strikeouts for a third consecutive game when he heads to Chicago to face off with the White Sox in his next start.
Sep 5 - 10:11 PM

Ervin Santana brought some of his better stuff to the party in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Astros, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.

Santana struck out 10 and did not issue a free pass on the afternoon. The 10 strikeouts represented a season-high. He desperately needed a strong start like this. In his first four outings after returning from a PED suspension, he held a 2.60 ERA. That's jumped to 5.40 in the seven starts since. These same Astros will be the opponent next he toes the rubber, though the game will be in Houston for that affair.
Aug 30 - 5:24 PM

Ervin Santana allowed five runs on eight hits over 2 2/3 innings against the Rays on Tuesday.

The start was another disappointing one for Santana, who has now allowed four runs or more in five of his last six starts. He still hasn't won since July 23, despite taking a no-decision in Tuesday's affair. Santana will look to get back in the win column Sunday against the Astros.
Aug 25 - 11:16 PM

Ervin Santana pitched into the eighth inning in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, allowing four runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings.

The overall numbers (seven hits, four earned runs) aren't eye-popping, but Santana actually pitched quite well. Greg Bird hit a pair of two-run homers against the pitcher to account for all four runs. Santana struck out six, walked two and will carry a 5.53 ERA and 1.43 WHIP into his next outing, a road start against the A's.
Aug 19 - 3:48 PM

Ervin Santana pitched poorly in a Thursday no-decision against the Rangers, surrendering five runs on eight hits over six innings.

Santana struck out just one while walking two. The Rangers scored two runs against him in the fourth and another three in the fifth. Three of his last four starts have been absolute stinkers and he's now allowed 24 runs in his last 20 innings. He'll take a 5.66 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into his next start, a road outing against the Yankees.
Aug 13 - 4:12 PM

Ervin Santana struggled early and often in Saturday's loss to the Indians, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in just 2 1/3 innings.

Santana allowed two runs in each of the first two innings before being chased during a four-run third. He's now made seven starts for the Twins since returning from an 80-game PED suspension, the first four of which were solid outings. The last three have not been, as he's surrendered 19 runs in his last 14 innings. He's scheduled for a home outing against these same Indians next time he toes the rubber, though preferably not with repeated results.
Aug 8 - 11:05 PM

Ervin Santana gave up three earned runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Santana allowed six hits and three walks in the tough afternoon outing at Rogers Centre. He had been fairly sharp in his first four outings since returning from an 80-game PED suspension, but his last two turns in the Twins' rotation have not gone well. The 32-year-old right-hander now stands 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA.
Aug 3 - 3:53 PM

Ervin Santana was blasted for eight earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Pirates.

Yikes. Santana entered the afternoon outing with a 2.60 ERA in four starts since returning from his PED suspension and he left it with a 3.78 ERA. The 32-year-old right-hander will try to get back on track next week in a road outing against the Blue Jays.
Jul 29 - 4:57 PM

Ervin Santana picked up his first win of the year by shutting out the Athletics for 7 2/3 innings on Friday.

Santana struck out just one batter tonight, but the A's still couldn't get anything going against him. It doesn't help that they still have the black hole known as Billy Butler still sitting in the middle of their order. Santana has a 3.86 ERA in three starts since returning from his steroids suspension. He's not a particularly good bet it mixed leagues going forward.
Jul 18 - 1:05 AM

Ervin Santana struggled in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, allowing six runs on eight hits in just four innings of work.

All of the runs scored off of him came via the long ball, with Victor Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez all leaving the yard. After a dominant first start with the Twins, he came crashing back to Earth in his one, and will carry a 6.00 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 13/6 K/BB ratio into the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 11:37 PM

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3Eric Fryer
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3Danny Santana
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
2Shane Robinson
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Byron Buxton
RF1Torii Hunter
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DH1Miguel Sano
2Kennys Vargas
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S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Tommy Milone
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3Blaine Boyer
4Casey Fien
5Brian Duensing
6Neal Cotts
7Kyle Gibson
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9Ryan O'Rourke
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