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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 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

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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

Ervin Santana allowed five hits and a walk but held the Blue Jays scoreless for three innings in a 6-2 win on Saturday.

Santana is expected to start for the Twins on Opening Day. He was dependable last year, registering a 3.38 ERA with 149 strikeouts in 181 1/3 innings. He notched a 7-11 record in 30 starts.
Mar 4 - 4:38 PM

Ervin Santana threw a pair of scoreless innings and struck out two Monday against the Marlins.

Santana would have made the cut for the Dominican Republic's rotation in the WBC, but he's chosen to skip the tournament. He's slated to be the Twins' Opening Day starter.
Feb 27 - 4:51 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that some teams have asked the Twins about Ervin Santana.

The rebuilding Twins are willing to trade him for the right return, not surprisingly. It's unclear which teams have asked about Santana, but he would make sense for a host of clubs looking for a veteran innings-eater. The right posted a 3.30 ERA over 30 starts in 2016 and is owed a reasonable $27 million through 2018 with a $14 million option for 2019 (or $1 million buyout).
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Ervin Santana held the Royals to two runs in five innings but had to settle for a no-decision on Wednesday.

Both runs were plated via a third inning home run off the bat of Eric Hosmer. Santana whiffed three batters and walked one while allowing four hits. He has been one of the few bright spots on a bad Twins squad. He ends the season with a 7-11 record and 3.38 ERA in 30 starts. The Twins have him locked up for at least two more years.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 11:50:00 PM

Ervin Santana was up-and-down in Thursday's loss to the Tigers, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits over six innings.

Santana did strike out eight, but he also walked four. The Tigers burned him for a pair of runs in the second inning and another pair in the sixth. For the season as a whole, the 33-year-old right-hander has pitched to a very respectable 3.37 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 29 starts. His final outing of the campaign will come in a road date with the Royals next Wednesday.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:22:00 PM

Ervin Santana threw a near-spotless seven innings Saturday, striking out nine while allowing four hits, but he settled for a no-decision against the Mets.

The perils of pitching for an awful team. Santana was spectacular, allowing the Mets only three singles and a double while walking two, but his offense only mustered one run of support and his bullpen promptly gave the lead away after Santana exited. That doesn't take away from the 33-year-old's brilliance, and he's now got a 3.38 ERA through 28 starts overall. Santana will seek a better fate Friday against the Mariners.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 12:36:00 AM

Ervin Santana yielded only one run but lasted just five innings in taking a no-decision Monday versus the Tigers.

Santana gave up only three hits, but he walked a pair and hit a batter as the Tigers got his pitch count up to 95 after five frames. The veteran right-hander hasn't been great over his last four outings after a terrific 11-start run, but he's really only had one clunker. He'll get the Mets on the road on Saturday.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Ervin Santana allowed three runs over six innings in Tuesday's start against the Royals.

Santana yielded just three hits with three walks in the game, but one of those hits was a Kendrys Morales two-run home run. The game was decided by the bullpens, leaving Santana 7-10 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.24 WHIP through 26 starts. The right-hander will take another shot at his eighth win Monday against the Tigers.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 11:47:00 PM

Ervin Santana held the White Sox to two runs over five innings in a win Thursday.

The quick stats don't tell the whole story, as Santana had to work around 11 hits and two walks in the game. Six strikeouts helped him limit the damage, and the win was his fourth in his last five decisions. Through 25 starts overall, the 33-year-old owns a respectable 3.54 ERA despite a 7-10 record. Santana will next take the hill Tuesday against the Royals.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 11:46:00 PM

Ervin Santana gave up six runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Santana struggled with his command, issuing five free passes while striking out four in the ballgame. He actually left the game in line for the victory despite his struggles, but the Twins bullpen was unable to hang on. Santana has cleared trade waivers, so this could be his final start as a member of the Twins. Even with this rough outing, he still owns a respectable 3.60 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 147 1/3 innings on the season.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Ervin Santana has cleared trade waivers.

That makes the right-hander an extremely attractive year chip, and someone who is likely to be on the move in the coming days. Teams searching for rotation upgrades are likely paying close attention to Santana's start against the Jays on Saturday.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 02:35:00 PM

Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters over seven innings but took a loss Sunday against the Royals.

Santana was really good, yielding only two runs on five hits and a walk, but the Twins' offense remained quiet in the final game of what became a four-game sweep. Santana has been on a roll since late June and now has a 3.39 ERA for the year. A road start against the Blue Jays is next.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Ervin Santana struck out six while holding the Braves off the scoreboard for seven innings in Tuesday's 4-2 victory.

He permitted only four hits -- three singles -- while walking a pair, as the Braves never really made the veteran right-hander sweat. Santana has been one of the best pitchers in the American League over the last two months, boasting a 1.84 ERA across his last 10 starts. He'll carry a 3.43 ERA into Kansas City this weekend.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 11:19:00 PM

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