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Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Santana continues Cy Young roll.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- With each stellar outing, Johan Santana is becoming a top contender for the AL Cy Young Award.

Santana allowed one run in eight innings to win his seventh straight decision, and the Minnesota Twins padded their lead in the AL Central with a 7-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

"If he keeps pitching like that, he's got a serious shot,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Santana (14-6) gave up four hits, struck out 11 and walked one to help the Twins win for the seventh time in eight games, stretching their division lead over Cleveland to eight games.

Protecting Their Young. "Looking back on the Twins usage of Santana, one can't help but wonder if the reasons cited by Gardenhire for keeping Santana in the bullpen were genuine. Instead, might the Twins have been determined to protect their young arm that sported those silly strikeout ratios? As well as protecting the young head and heart attached to it? And they did so while still winning two AL Central championships and winning a playoff series the year he wasn't in the rotation." (Twins Geek)

Minute Maid Park Review. (The Book of Mike)

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