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Ace sets Wild Card pace
Santana spectacular in win
Johan Santana, the big-league leader in strikeouts and AL leader in ERA, took another step toward the Cy Young award as he blanked the Devil Rays over eight innings, collecting 12 strikeouts en route to his 17th win in the midst of a tight playoff chase.
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 Morneau's RBI triple
Twins 8, Devil Rays 0
Starter Johan Santana limited the Rays to two hits over eight innings for the victory. (Mike Carlson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Rays run into trouble
Jae Seo was solid in his first start since coming off the DL, allowing one earned run over six innings, but the Rays managed only three hits against the Twins and made three errors in the field. Delmon Young smacked both of Tampa Bay's hits off Johan Santana.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 05, 2006
Minnesota (80-57)
Won 2
Minnesota 8, Tampa Bay 0   TB
Tampa Bay (55-84)
Lost 2
September 5, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
0 0 0 3 0 0 3 2 0   8 12 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 3 3
Standings thru 9/5/06  |  Gameday  |  Twins Stats  |  Devil Rays Stats
Castillo, 2B3110101.296
Punto, 3B5010024.296
Mauer, C4112103.345
Cuddyer, RF4221102.276
Morneau, 1B5221013.318
Hunter, CF4010003.269
  Rabe, LF1000000.304
White, LF3110101.221
  Ford, LF-CF1000000.221
Tyner, DH4011002.306
  a-Casilla, PH-DH1000000.000
Bartlett, SS3121000.342

a-Grounded out for Tyner in the 9th.

2B: Bartlett (18, Seo), Cuddyer 2 (36, Seo, Salas, J), Tyner (4, Seo), Mauer (30, Jackson).
3B: Morneau (1, Salas, J).
TB: Castillo; Punto; Mauer 2; Cuddyer 4; Morneau 4; Hunter; White; Tyner 2; Bartlett 3.
RBI: Tyner (12), Bartlett (23), Cuddyer (92), Morneau (115), Mauer 2 (75).
2-out RBI: Cuddyer; Morneau; Mauer 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mauer; Castillo; Hunter; White; Morneau.
S: Castillo.
SF: Bartlett.
GIDP: Tyner.
Team LOB: 9.

Baldelli, CF3000020.300
  a-Riggans, PH10100001.000
Young, RF4020001.387
Crawford, LF4000003.303
Wigginton, 1B4000023.264
Navarro, C3000021.268
Cantu, 2B3000020.241
Hollins, DH3000010.222
Upton, 3B2000120.240
Zobrist, SS3000011.231

a-Singled for Baldelli in the 9th.

2B: Young (3, Santana).
TB: Riggans; Young 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wigginton; Navarro.
Team LOB: 4.

E: Upton (11, missed catch), Crawford (3, throw), Young (1, fielding).
DP: (Seo-Zobrist-Wigginton).

Santana (W, 17-5)8.020011202.84
Guerrier 1.01000002.92
Seo (L, 3-10)6.08311204.96
Salas, J 1.023211018.00
Jackson 1.02222007.18
Switzer 1.00000005.26

WP: Santana, Salas, J.
IBB: White (by Seo).
Pitches-strikes: Santana 95-70, Guerrier 9-7, Seo 94-65, Salas, J 26-14, Jackson 27-15, Switzer 10-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Santana 7-5, Guerrier 0-3, Seo 9-7, Salas, J 2-0, Jackson 3-0, Switzer 3-0.
Batters faced: Santana 27, Guerrier 4, Seo 27, Salas, J 7, Jackson 7, Switzer 3.
EjectionsMinnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire ejected by 3B umpire Tim Tschida. (7th).
Umpires: HP: Gary Cederstrom. 1B: Laz Diaz. 2B: Rick Reed. 3B: Tim Tschida.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:34.
Att: 8,256.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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