Santana allowed one run on six hits, struck out two and walked one over seven innings in a no-decision against the Tigers on Wednesday. The only blemish on his afternoon was a solo homer allowed to Ian Kinsler to lead off the game. After that, he retired 15 of the next 16 batters. This was the fifth time in his last six starts that Santana allowed fewer than three runs, but he only has two wins during that span. He is 3-8 with a 3.93 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 105.1 innings. He'll go for another win on Tuesday against the Braves.
Santana (wrist) is listed in the lineup as the Twins' starting pitcher for Wednesday's game against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports. Santana was struck by a line drive during his last start Friday, but the issue was never considered overly serious, and he's not expected to be limited Wednesday. The right-hander lasted 5.1 innings last time out, allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out five.
Santana's left wrist was "a little swollen" after he was struck by a line drive in Friday's start, but he believes he will be fine moving forward, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Santana was removed from Friday's game after being struck, but he may have been coming out anyway after giving up three straight singles and allowing the Indians to seize the lead in the sixth inning. While Santana is optimistic about making his next start Wednesday, his status will be in question until he is cleared to take the mound.
Santana (3-8) allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out five over 5.1 innings to take the loss Friday against the Indians. Santana gave up a pair of runs in both the fourth and sixth innings while the Twins' offense was unable to give him much support, leading to his eighth loss of 2016. This was the first time in five starts that he's failed to hold an opponent to two or fewer earned runs, and his ERA is now at 4.12. He'll make his next start Wednesday at the Tigers.
Santana (3-7) struck out 10 while spinning a two-hit shutout Wednesday against Oakland. Santana was perfect until giving up a two-out double to Billy Butler in the fifth inning. He also allowed a single to Stephen Vogt to open the eighth, but he promptly got Butler to ground into a double play. It was Santana's eighth shutout of his career, and his first since June 16, 2012, while with the Angels. He faced one batter over the minimum, and needed exactly 100 pitches to get the shutout. Santana, who has been subject to trade rumors of late, has been heating up recently, as he is 2-0 with a 1.63 ERA over his past four starts.