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Ervin Santana | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / LAA
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Ervin Santana took a no-decision after tossing five innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Yankees.
Santana held the Yankees scoreless before giving up an RBI single to Carlos Beltran in his final inning of work. He fanned two and walked a pair in the no-decision and has now delivered back-to-back encouraging starts against New York. He’ll try to carry that momentum into a start against the Rangers next Friday at home. Jun 25 - 4:10 PM

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Ervin Santana pitched into the eighth inning for a win on Sunday afternoon against the Yankees.

Santana was charged with two earned runs and one unearned. He struck out four, walked none, and scattered six hits over his 7 1/3 official frames. The right-hander moved to 2-7 and dropped his ERA under 5.00.
Jun 19 - 5:28 PM

Ervin Santana proved ineffective in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, allowing five runs on 10 hits over five innings.

Santana struck out just one on the evening. Three of the five runs on his line scored courtesy of the home run, with Johnny Giavotella clocking a two-run shot in the second inning and Kole Calhoun notching a solo dinger of his own one frame later. With the loss, Santana fell to 1-7. His 5.10 ERA and 1.50 WHIP are equally disappointing. He will start at home against the Yankees next time he takes the mound.
Jun 15 - 2:25 AM

Ervin Santana was hit hard in Thursday's loss to the Marlins, allowing five runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Santana struck out three and didn't walk a batter. He had been locked in a pitcher's duel, with the game heading into the seventh inning in a 2-2 tie. That's where the Marlins' offense woke up and erupted for seven runs, hanging three on Santana before he departed. Now 1-6 on the year, Santana will look to right the ship on Tuesday when he takes on the Angels in Los Angeles.
Jun 10 - 12:41 AM

Ervin Santana was pounded for five earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Rays.

Hank Conger, Steven Souza, and Evan Longoria all went deep against the Minnesota righty. Santana now stands 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 10 starts this season. A bad matchup with Boston is next.
Jun 4 - 8:35 PM

Ervin Santana pitched well but was saddled with a loss Monday, allowing three runs over seven frames against the Athletics.

Santana surrendered a leadoff home run to Coco Crisp in the bottom of the first inning and then coughed up the lead as the A's tallied single runs in the fifth and sixth. The righty has just one win on the season -- which is no surprise given that the Twins have only 15 as a teams -- but he's mostly pitched pretty well, as a clunker versus the Royals last week has skewed his stats. Santana gets the Rays over the weekend.
May 30 - 6:56 PM

Ervin Santana was battered by the Royals for nine hits and six runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday.

The start was, by almost any measure, his worst of the season to date, dropping his record to 1-3 overall. Through his first seven starts, Santana owned a 3.13 ERA; after Tuesday, it sits at 4.17, with a 1.49 WHIP to boot. The 33-year-old has generally been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Twins, and he'll attempt to get back on track Monday at the Athletics.
May 25 - 12:15 AM

Ervin Santana pitched eight strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits, in a no-decision Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Santana kept his team in the game but was matched by the equally effective Marco Estrada, leaving both out of the decision. The right-hander walked two while striking out five, with an Edwin Encarnacion two-run homer in the sixth accounting for all of the Jays' runs against him. Santana has been largely good in seven starts this year, posting a 3.13 ERA, but he's just 1-2 to show for it. The 33-year-old will seek a better result Tuesday against the Royals.
May 20 - 12:52 AM

Ervin Santana held the Indians to one run over six innings in Saturday's win.

Santana was the pitcher in the matchup without a Cy Young Award, but he got the better of Corey Kluber this afternoon. He scattered five hits and a walk while striking out five in the outing. The win was his first of the season, improving him to 1-2 through six starts. He'll carry a 3.38 ERA and 1.50 WHIP into Thursday's matchup with the Blue Jays.
May 14 - 7:49 PM

Ervin Santana (back) allowed three runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

Santana needed 83 pitches to get 10 outs, certainly not the way he envisioned his return to the mound. The start was his first since April 19 after he missed over two weeks with a lower back strain. He's 0-2 overall, sporting a 3.86 ERA through five starts. He'll hope to be in better form Friday at the Indians.
May 7 - 10:49 PM

Twins activated RHP Ervin Santana from the 15-day disabled list.

Santana missed close to three weeks with a lower back strain. He owned a 3.15 ERA over his first four starts prior to the injury.
May 7 - 10:46 PM

Ervin Santana (back) is on track to return from the disabled list Saturday versus the White Sox.

Santana made it through a 30-pitch simulated game Tuesday without issue. The right-hander has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 26 because of a lower back strain. He had a 3.15 ERA and 18 strikeouts over his first 20 innings spanning four starts.
May 3 - 5:38 PM

Ervin Santana (back) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday.

Santana landed on the disabled list late last month with a lower back strain, but he made it through a bullpen session on Sunday with no issues. If all goes well on Tuesday, the plan calls for him to be activated this Saturday versus the White Sox.
May 2 - 4:53 PM

Ervin Santana (back) played catch and worked on his mechanics Saturday.

He's expected to follow the same routine Sunday before throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday. Santana is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday against the White Sox. That might be a tad optimistic but Santana seems to be moving in the right direction.
Apr 30 - 6:02 PM

Ervin Santana (back) will throw on flat ground Saturday.

It will be the first time he's thrown since landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain. The hope is that Santana won't be on the DL long, although obviously he's not terribly close to a return.
Apr 29 - 5:40 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Juan Centeno
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Nunez
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Robbie Grossman
CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
3Darin Mastroianni
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Miguel Sano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Kyle Gibson
4Ricky Nolasco
5Tyler Duffey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Brandon Kintzler
3Fernando Abad
4Kevin Jepsen
5Trevor May
6Ryan Pressly
7Michael Tonkin
8Buddy Boshers
9Taylor Rogers
10Neil Ramirez