Santana went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the A's. He took Mike Fiers deep in the fourth inning, and then launched another long ball off Oakland closer Blake Treinen in the ninth as part of a comeback attempt that fell just short. Santana is now slashing .278/.341/.498 through 51 games with 10 homers, four steals, 26 runs and 41 RBI.
Santana went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI single in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Athletics. Santana was the most successful hitter for the Mariners in the contest, but didn't get enough help from his teammates. Santana is hitting .274 with eight homers, 39 RBI and 24 runs scored through 50 games this season.
Santana is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. After striking out five times in nine at-bats during the first two games of the series, Santana will sit out the matinee contest before likely rejoining the lineup Friday in Oakland. Jay Bruce will fill in for Santana in the outfield.
Santana went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in a win over the Twins on Sunday. Santana has cooled off since starting the season by hitting .358 through his first 16 games, although he still paces the team in RBI (38). The 26-year-old does have a solid eight extra-base hits (five doubles, one triple, two home runs) in May, but consistent contact continues to be a challenge, as it has been throughout his career. After going down on strikes for the fifth time in the last four games Sunday, Santana's strikeout rate stands at 27.1 percent, an elevated number that nevertheless represents a notable improvement over the 32.8 percent figure he generated last season in Milwaukee.
Santana is not starting Saturday against the Twins, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Santana sits for just the fourth time this season. He's hitting just .212 over his last 14 games but has a respectable .735 OPS over that stretch, thanks to seven extra-base hits. Jay Bruce starts in left field in his absence.
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