Still, there is something about having the perennial Cy Young Award candidate on the mound that eases the feelings of the club. With a series win already in hand, Minnesota certainly feels good about the last game of this series.
"When you've got Santana pitching, you have a 70 or 80 percent chance of winning, and I love that," Torii Hunter said. "So, I'll take my chances."
The test won't be completely easy, as the Twins face a tough right-hander in Boston's Josh Beckett, a pitcher hardly any of the team has faced before.
MIN: LHP Johan Santana (18-5, 2.77)
Santana is so good, it's news if the Twins don't win when he's on the mound. That's what happened Friday when Minnesota fell to Cleveland, 5-4, in 10 innings. While Santana didn't get the loss, it was still a tough defeat to take. Santana allowed four runs -- all coming in the first four innings -- in eight innings of work. He gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Garko in the first and run-scoring hits by Franklin Gutierrez in the second and fourth.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (15-10, 5.02)
After notching only one win in his last nine starts, Beckett rebounded with an impressive performance at Yankee Stadium. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs and four hits in the win against New York. His 15th win matches a season high which he set last season.
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Only two Twins, Phil Nevin and Rondell White, have faced Beckett before in their careers. White is the one with the most success, going 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a walk.
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Friday: Twins (RHP Carlos Silva, 10-13, 5.88) at Orioles (RHP Daniel Cabrera, 7-10, 5.10), 6:05 p.m. CT
Saturday: Twins (RHP Scott Baker, 5-8, 6.33) at Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 15-9, 3.62), 3:35 p.m. CT
Sunday: Twins (RHP Matt Garza, 2-5, 5.40) at Orioles (LHP Adam Loewen, 6-5, 5.35), 12:35 p.m. CT