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Santana Fails to Improve Trade Value in 5-2 Loss

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Twins manage but 4 hits in second half opener.

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Ervin Santana is still probably Minnesota's best chance to steal a prospect or two away from a buyer in the second half of the season. He didn't do much to improve those odds on Friday, as the Twins lost 5-2 to division-leading Cleveland.

He wasn't terrible, but he also was unable to get out of the 6th inning. His final line was four runs and six hits in 5.1 innings, which wasn't going to be enough for an anemic Twins offense that managed just four hits off Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco and the bullpen.

I'd love to say there was more to say about the game, but that would be lying.

STUDS:

  • Brian Dozier. He actually improved his trade value, accounting for both RBIs, one of which was a majestic dong. Also had a nice defensive play in the 8th to keep the game close.
  • Byron Buxton. Made a delightful throw in the second to cut down Mike Napoli at second as the latter tried to stretch a single into a double.
DUDS:

  • Trevor May. He replaced Santana in the 6th and promptly unleashed his 8th wild pitch of the year, allowing a run to score.  He leads the majors in that stat.  That is a bad stat to lead the majors in.
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