MIN: LHP Johan Santana (3-2, 3.60)
Against the Tigers on Sunday, Santana gave up three runs over six innings and did not retire the side in order in any inning. His ERA is solid by most pitchers' standards, but the bar has been raised for Santana after winning two Cy Young Awards. Pitching at home usually is a good thing, but surprisingly, Santana has struggled at the Metrodome this season. He is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts in Minnesota.
Tavarez was unable to complete six innings in any of his first four starts. He did manage to win his last start, giving up three hits and three runs over five-plus innings against the Yankees on Sunday. Tavarez has 11 strikeouts and eight walks in his 19 innings of work. Lifetime against the Twins, Tavarez is 2-2 with a 5.26 ERA in 16 games. Player to watch
Torii Hunter is 0-for-6 against Tavarez in his career, but Hunter comes into Saturday's game riding a 19-game hitting streak. Hunter is hitting .380 during the run, going 30-for-79 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 16 RBIs. On the Internet
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Sunday: Red Sox (Curt Schilling, 3-1, 3.15) at Twins (Sidney Ponson, 2-3, 6.67), 1:10 p.m. CT
Monday : Off-day
Tuesday: White Sox (Javier Vazquez, 2-1, 4.02) at Twins (Boof Bonser, 0-1, 4.55), 7:10 p.m. CT
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.