KANSAS CITY -- The Minnesota Twins have surprised some people with their performance this season. That performance figures to become even better now. On Saturday, Ervin Santana returned to the Twins after an 80-game suspension for his use of a performance-enhancing drug. If Santana pitches to his career norms, he'll be a big help.
The Twins defeated the Royals, 5-3, Saturday night, giving them a 43-38 record and leaving them 3 1/2 games behind Kansas City in the American League Central. At the midpoint of the season, the minimum that can be said about the Twins is that they are in a Wild Card position.
Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.