Minnesota Twins Rough Up Former Ace Santana in First Showdown
Last night, former Blue Jay Roy Halladay, now with the Philadelphia Phillies, threw seven shut out innings in a 9-0 win in his first game against his former team.
Johan Santana hoped to have similar success against his former Minnesota Twins teammates as he faced them for the first time since being traded in 2007.
After Orlando Hudson, Jason Kubel and Delmon Young all had doubles in the first inning, Santana found himself in a 4-0 hole already having thrown 40 pitches.
Santana settled down after that, lasting six innings and giving up five runs on eight hits, two walks. He struck out just four.
Twins DH Jason Kubel hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth to make the final score 6-0.
Twins starting pitcher Carl Pavano stole the show from the offense. Super Pavario pitched his second straight complete game shutout to help the Twins end their four-game slide. He's amidst a stretch in which he's gone 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA.
Santana, who won the 2004 and 2006 (and should have won the 2005) AL Cy Young Awards, posted a 94-44 record, a 3.22 ERA and over 1300 strikeouts during his eight seasons with the Twins.
The Twins are the only MLB team that Santana hasn't beat during his eleven-year career.
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