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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 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. Sep 22 - 11:22 PM

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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.
Sep 18 - 12:36 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.
Sep 12 - 11:43 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.
Sep 6 - 11:47 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.
Sep 1 - 11:46 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.
Aug 27 - 4:16 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.
Aug 27 - 2:35 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.
Aug 21 - 4:44 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.
Aug 16 - 11:19 PM

Wednesday's game between the Twins and Astros was postponed due to rain with the Twins leading 5-0 in the top of the third.

This one will be wiped from the books, and the Twins and Astros will play a day-night doubleheader on Thursday. It's a particularly bad break for Ervin Santana, who had pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and Brian Dozier, who had hit his 24th homer before play was halted.
Aug 10 - 11:42 PM

Ervin Santana was terrific in Friday's victory over the Rays, striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball.

Santana scattered six hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. The Rays scratched out a run in the first inning against him and added on with a solo shot from Brad Miller in the sixth, but didn't threaten much otherwise. Santana has done a nice job atop the Twins rotation, pitching to a 3.62 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 93/31 K/BB ratio over 126 2/3 innings.
Aug 5 - 10:47 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays are discussing Ervin Santana with the Twins.

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported Monday morning that the Twins aren't looking to move Santana unless the offer is "too good to pass on," but maybe the Jays have fattened their proposal. Santana, 33, boasts a 1.96 ERA over his last eight starts. He is under contract through 2018 at $13.5 million per year.
Aug 1 - 1:36 PM

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, the Twins are not looking to move Ervin Santana unless the offer is "too good to pass on."

Santana has posted a 1.96 ERA over his last eight starts, which has suddenly given him some trade value. But it also has the Twins thinking the 33-year-old PED offender could be a big part of the club's future. Santana is under contract with Minnesota through 2018, at $13.5 million per year.
Aug 1 - 9:15 AM

Ervin Santana held the White Sox to three runs -- one earned -- over six innings Sunday in the Twins' 6-4 victory over the Twins.

He walked two but allowed just six singles in the strong six-inning effort. Santana has been in a good groove for the last several weeks and is reportedly drawing some trade interest. He's still owed more than $40 million on a contract that runs through 2018 and the Twins will probably have to eat some of that to get anything substantial in return.
Jul 31 - 5:09 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Ervin Santana is among the starting pitcher options the Blue Jays are considering.

It doesn't appear that anything is imminent. Santana entered Sunday's start having put up a 2.02 ERA over his last seven starts to bolster his trade value. He's owed more than $40 million on a contract that runs through 2018 and the Twins would likely have to pay some of that down in order to complete a trade.
Jul 31 - 2:08 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Juan Centeno
3John Ryan Murphy
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3James Beresford
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Robbie Grossman
CF1Eddie Rosario
2Byron Buxton
3Logan Schafer
4Danny Santana
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Miguel Sano
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Kyle Gibson
3Hector Santiago
4Jose Berrios
5Tyler Duffey
6Phil Hughes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Trevor May
4Michael Tonkin
5Taylor Rogers
6Buddy Boshers
7Tommy Milone
8JT Chargois
9Glen Perkins
10Ryan O'Rourke
11Pat Light
12Alex Wimmers
13Pat Dean
14Andrew Albers