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54 Ervin Santana SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/185 | Birthdate: 12/12/1982 | Birthplace: San Cristobal, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 44/17 | Average Draft Position: 167.87
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Twins SP Ervin Santana strikes out 10 in victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/30/2015) Twins starter Ervin Santana picked up his first home victory since returning from an 80-game suspension, striking out 10 Astros on Sunday in a 7-5 triumph. 

Santana had been 0-1 with an ERA approaching 10.00 in three starts at home, but was in complete control during his seven innings of work, handcuffing the free-swinging Astros and allowing just six hits. 

It was the 15th double-digit strikeout game of Santana's career, and it ended a four-game losing streak for the pitcher. 


Twins SP Ervin Santana gets roughed up in no-decision Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/25/2015) Twins starter Ervin Santana struggled and did not last long in his outing against the Rays on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed five runs on eight hits over just 2 2/3 innings. He was able to escape with a no-decision however, as the Twins held on for an 11-7 victory.

The Twins gave Santana a 3-0 lead before he even took the mound, but he allowed two runs in the second inning and three more in the third before being pulled from the game.

Santana has now gone six starts without a win. Over those six outings, he has given up at least four runs five times, giving him a 9.12 ERA over that stretch.


Twins SP Ervin Santana serves up two homers in loss to Yankees


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/19/2015) Twins starter Ervin Santana pitched well in his outing against the Yankees on Wednesday. But he was left with his fourth loss of the season in the 4-3 defeat. Santana allowed four runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Santana (2-4, 5.53 ERA) was tormented by Yankees rookie Greg Bird in this one. Bird connected for a pair of two-run home runs, accounting for all of the runs the Yankees would score in the game. 

The Twins right-hander has now given up three runs or more in five straight starts, going 0-4 with an 8.48 ERA over that stretch.


Poor efforts continue Thursday for Twins SP Ervin Santana


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2015) The good news is that Twins veteran Ervin Santana performed better Thursday than he did in his previous start. The bad news is he was still pretty bad.

Santana received plenty of offensive support, but could not take advantage of it in a no-decision. He allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings with two walks and just one strikeout.

He worked out of jams in the first two innings, but not in the fourth, when a Mitch Moreland two-run homer cut his lead to 4-2. He lost that advantage as well in a three-run, four-hit fifth highlighted by an RBI single by Prince Fielder and two-run double by Moreland.

Santana has not won since July 23. He has since yielded 22 earned runs in 20 innings to send his ERA soaring from 2.60 to 5.66.


Twins' Ervin Santana rocked in blowout loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2015) Twins starter Ervin Santana gave up eight runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings in a loss to Cleveland on Saturday. 

Santana faced 19 batters, and more of them scored runs than were retired by Santana, who saw his ERA rise from 3.89 to 5.40.


Twins SP Ervin Santana suffers second straight loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana was charged with three runs on six hits and three walks in six innings during a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday. He struck out two.

Santana (2-2) was pitching with a 1-0 lead before Ryan Goins tied the game with a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. 

The game remained tied until the fifth inning. Troy Tulowitzki led off the bottom of the inning with a single before Josh Donaldson parked an opposite-field home run to put Toronto ahead for good.

Santana has lost his last two starts after going 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in his first four starts.


Twins' Ervin Santana has rough start against Pirates on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Twins starter Ervin Santana got roughed by the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon, as the right-hander fell to 2-1 on the season. Santana allowed eight runs (six earned) on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. His control evaded him in this one, as he walked four and struck out three, throwing 65 of his 107 pitches for strikes in the 10-4 loss.

Santana gave up a solo home run to Jung Ho Kang in the second inning, but the Twins were able to take a 3-1 lead after the third. Santana, however, was unable to hold the lead. He surrendered a two-run shot to Andrew McCutchen in the fifth, and allowd three more runs to score in the sixth. 

This was Santana's fifth start of the season after completing an 80-game suspension. He has had three dazzling appearances, and two clunkers, including Wednesday's. Overall, the veteran owns a 3.78 ERA this season.


Twins SP Ervin Santana throws eight shutout innings Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana was dominant throughout his start Thursday against the Angels, which the Twins won 3-0.

Santana did not allow a run over eight innings of work and only gave up four hits. He also struck out seven and did not walk a batter. He is now 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in four starts this season.

Santana has earned a quality start in three of his four starts this season.

"It was sterling," Twins manager Paul Molitor said, per MLB.com. "Just standing on its own, it was pretty special to control a lineup like that. And then you compound it with the circumstances of a long West Coast trip, where we haven't played very well. You really look for those kinds of performances to lift your team a little bit."


Twins' Ervin Santana picks up first win of the year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2015) Twins starter Ervin Santana earned a win over Oakland on Friday, recording his first victory of the season. 

Santana started his third game of the year after serving an 80-game suspension to start the season. 

Santana pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowing five hits. He walked one and struck out one. 


Twins SP Ervin Santan to open second half


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana will receive the first start of the second half of the season Friday at Oakland, reports MLB.com. He will then be followed by Phil Hughes and Tommy Milone.

"We looked at a lot of things," manager Paul Molitor said. "When people had their last start before the break, who would benefit the most from a longer break, and we looked at all our guys' numbers vs. Oakland and Anaheim, and not just collectively, but in those ballparks. I think in Pelfrey's case, he's had a lot of innings pitched and he hasn't had a big innings year in a long time, so he's going close to two weeks from his last start to his next start. Tommy pitched in Oakland and has always done well there."


Twins' Ervin Santana rocked in second start of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) Twins starter Ervin Santana gave up six runs on eight hits in four innings, Friday against Detroit. 

Santana was making his second start of the year after missing 80 games due to a drug suspension. He took a second no-decision after a seven-run ninth inning rally took him off the hook for a loss. 

Santana walked three, struck out five and allowed three home runs for the first time since August 18 of last year. 


Ervin Santana gets no-decision in Twins' debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Ervin Santana made his Twins debut after missing the first 80 games of the season due to PED suspension. 

Santana pitched eight innings and gave up two runs on three hits. He left with the game tied and took a no-decision to start his season. 

Santana walked three and struck out eight. 


Twins' Ervin Santana activated for Sunday's start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) As expected, the Twins activated pitcher Ervin Santana from the suspended list on Saturday. 

Santana will start Sunday's game for Minnesota. 

Santana served an 80-game suspension after testing positive for steroids in the spring. He was 3-0, 1.74 in three rehab starts for Triple-A Rochester. 


Twins: Ervin Santana to start Sunday, Phil Hughes bumped a day


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed on Thursday that starting pitcher Ervin Santana will return to the mound on Sunday, and Phil Hughes will start on Monday, per MLB.com.

Santana, who is returning from an 80-game suspension for the use of performance enhancing drugs, made his final rehab start in Triple-A on Tuesday.


Twins' Molitor excited about Ervin Santana's return from suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor is excited about starting pitcher Ervin Santana's return from an 80-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Santana is slated to start Sunday against the Royals.

Santana threw eight shutout innings in his final rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.

“I just had a chance to look at the numbers,” Molitor said, per the Pioneer Press. “They kind of jump out at you. He was efficient, obviously effective. Command must have been good; he didn’t walk anybody. I think everyone is excited to know we’re getting a pitcher of Ervin’s caliber back here to join our club over the weekend.”


Twins SP Ervin Santana impressive in final Triple-A start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana proved he's ready to make his season debut after his final outing at Triple-A on Tuesday.

Santana tossed eight scoreless innings while allowing five hits, striking out five and he did not walk a batter over 99 pitches.

Santana is eligible to return from suspension Saturday, but is expected to start Sunday's game at Kansas City, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


Twins SP Ervin Santana (suspension) makes rehab start Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Twins right-hander Ervin Santana made his first minor league rehab start on Saturday with Triple-A Rochester. Santana, who has been serving an 80-game suspension, has missed all season so far.

On Saturday, Santana went 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out three, throwing 53 of his 88 pitches for strikes. 

The veteran is eligible to return from his suspension on July 4.


Twins' Santana to make three starts in minors before activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana, who continues to finish out his 80-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, will make his first start for Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, according to the Star Tribune

The right-hander is expected to make three starts in the minors before he is eligible to rejoin the team July 4. 

“I would think that if his starts go well in terms of health, and not so much results,”manager Paul Molitor said, “when it’s time for him to come here and pitch, that’s what’s going to happen.”


Twins P Ervin Santana ready to begin rehab assignment


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has completed a four-start stint at extended spring training and is heading to Triple-A for a rehab assignment, reports TwinCities.com.

Santana is serving an 80-game suspension and is eligible to come back July 5.

"No setbacks there yet," Twins pitching coach Neil Allen said. "Everything is going good with him. We're doing fine."


Twins pitcher Ervin Santana tosses two innings in extended spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana tossed two scoreless innings on Saturday in an extended spring traning appearance in Fort Myers, Fla., according to The St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Santana completed his appearance and then completed his 70-pitch day with a bullpen session. Santana, who is suspended for the first 80 games of the year after testing positive for steroids, is expected to throw another bullpen session Tuesday in preparation for a rehab assignment on June 18.


Twins' Ervin Santana throwing third batting practice over weekend


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Suspended Twins pitcher Ervin Santana threw a 60-pitch live batting practice session on Wednesday. 

He's scheduled to throw another session over the weekend, which would be his third time facing live batters since the start of his 80-game suspension. 

After that, he may be ready to work in an extended spring training game, per the Pioneer Press.


Twins pitcher Ervin Santana reports to extended spring training


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana reported to extended spring training last week in Fort Myers, Fla., according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Santana, who is currently serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for steroids, is eligible for return on July 4 and is using the time to get his body in shape. Santana has throw a couple of bullpen sessions and is expected to throw live batting practice next week, according to MLB.com.He will throw extended spring training before heading to Triple-A Rochester for preparation.

General manager Terry Ryan doesn't believe Santana will need more than three rehab starts to get back with the team. Santana posted a 14-10 record with a 3.95 ERA in 196 innings in 2014.


Twins GM Terry Ryan: Ervin Santana 'shouldn't make that mistake'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Twins general manager Terry Ryan was not happy about Ervin Santana's 80-game suspension, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"People are going to test positive because kids are kids and men are men," Ryan said. "Unfortunately, people make mistakes. This one's a costly one, not only for the player but for us. It's a lot of games, a lot of money. You shouldn't make that mistake."

Santana is not eligible to return to the club until July at the earliest and Ryan is expecting him to take part in some extended spring training games "sometime in May."

"I'm not too worried about him because he's been around and he knows how to get prepared," Ryan said. "There's not a whole lot we want him to do other than make sure he keeps his core in shape and his legs in shape. It works out fine."

Santana signed a $55 million deal with Minnesota last offseason and was expected to be the ace of the staff.


Twins unsure when Ervin Santana will train with team


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) With Twins pitcher Ervin Santana suspended for the first 80 games of the season, general manager Terry Ryan said he was unsure how long Santana would remain in Florida to train at the team's Fort Myers facility.

"I'm not sure exactly when he'll go back," Ryan said. "Intermittently, I suspect he'll be down there."

Ryan added that the team will not treat Santana's suspension as a disabled list stint and Santana will work to maintain his skills.

"We are going to deal with it," Ryan said. "There's nothing right now I can tell you that I can do about it other than the fact that we made some roster moves here, which I didn't anticipate. You've got to face the accountability as an organization and as a player, and that's what we're doing."


Santana suspended for PEDs; Pelfrey joins rotation, Thompson recalled


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, which is a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Friday. 

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Twins said in a statement Friday. "We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter.”

Santana's suspension comes a day after Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was suspended 80 games for also testing positive for Stanozolol. 

The 32-year-old Santana is in his first year with the Twins after signing a four-year, $55 million contract in the offseason. He also has a $14 million team option for a fifth year.

Mike Pelfrey, who lost out on the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, will avoid a bullpen assignment and take Santana's spot in the rotation. Reliever Aaron Thompson was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Santana's roster spot.

"I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance enhancing drug," Santana said in a statement. "I am frustrated that I can't pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body. I would never knowingly take anything illegal to enhance my performance. What I can guarantee is I never knowingly took anything illegal to enhance my performance. That's just not me, never has ben and never will."