Minnesota Twins Midseason Report — Hitting Success and Pitching Failures

The Minnesota Twins have had a roller coaster of a season thus far. The Twins will resume play Friday after the All-Star break with a record of 45-43, 2.5 games behind the American League Central Division leading Cleveland Indians. They are one game back in a crowded American League Wild Card race.

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Ervin Santana Continues to Be the Twins Rock in the Rotation

When I look at the success of the Minnesota Twins thus far this season, there’s one pitcher that stands out — Ervin Santana.

When Santana takes the mound tonight against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field, he would be making his 13th start of the season which leads the club. He has a record of 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 90 innings pitched. He’s allowed 23 runs, 22 of which are earned. He has held opponents to a .154 batting average, but unfortunately has given up 11 home runs. He also has 33 walks with 63 strikeouts.

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Twins Drop 10th Straight, Eye Franchise Losing Streak and Single Season Loss Records

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Rewind time 17 months. End of March. 2015.

It’d been a rough four year stretch at 1 Twins Way entering the 2015 campaign. Since finishing 94-68 and making the playoffs in 2010, the Twins had lost 90+ games in each of the next four years, becoming all too familiar with the cellar in the AL Central Division — they finished in last three out of those four seasons.

Enter Hall of Famer (and former Twin/Gopher great) Paul Molitor, who took over as the Twins’ manager for the 2015 season.

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Twins Home Attendance in 2015: How Low Will it Go?

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2010 was a sweet summer for the Minnesota Twins and their fans.

Target Field opened and the return of outdoor baseball seemed to have everyone in town excited. The Twins went 94-68 — including a 53-28 record at their new grassy, un-domed home — during the regular season. They won the American League Central and Ron Gardenhire was honored with a Manager of the Year award that was long overdue.

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Twins Pitcher Ervin Santana Suspended 80 Games

Ervin Santana Suspended

Twins pitcher and major free-agent acquisition Ervin Santana has been handed an 80-game suspension by Major League Baseball for performance-enhancing drugs.

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Minnesota Twins Sign Ervin Santana

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The Minnesota Twins have signed Santana.

No, not the former Twin Johan Santana, but Ervin Santana, a right-handed starting pitcher whose first name was Johan before he changed his name to Ervin while playing in the minor leagues with the Anaheim Angels organization to avoid confusion with the former Twins left-handed starter.

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