Johan Santana pitched like post-All Star break Johan Santana would: 7 innings, just 1 hit, walking 3 but striking out 9. Nobody got on base against him after the 2nd inning. That means he retired 17 straight batters. A nice little note from StarTribune.com’s recap of the game said, “Now 2-0, Santana is 80-31 in his stellar career. That .721 winning percentage, according to the Twins, is the highest all-time winning percentage among pitchers with at least 1,000 innings thrown.” With a little work, I found that that statement is both right and wrong, depending on who you talk to. In my opinion it’s right, but I’ll let you decide for yourself: A guy named Al Spalding pitched from 1871-1877, throwing 2,890.7 innings. He won 253 games and lost only 65, for a Winning Percentage of .796. However, the game was very very different back then. That’s proven by Spalding’s 1874 season where he had 65 complete games in 616.3 innings. Not to mention his incredibly small 11 strikeouts that season.

Thankfully, Justin Morneau doubled his HR total this season at just the right moment: in the 4th inning with Johan starting to really pitch and the game scoreless. He did so with Joe Mauer (who, by the way, is RBI-less this year) and Michael “I lead the team in batting average” Cuddyer on base (and Mike only leads the team because Luis Castillo was 0-for-4 yesterday).

Jesse Crain came in to pitch the 8th and gave up a dinger to Juan Uribe, who also had one in Saturday’s game. Joe Nathan entered to stop the Sox from scoring any more, but he only did so after allowing 2 hits. That’s Joe’s 3rd save this season.

And to the reader who asked what gender Joe’s baby is, I believe it’s a boy.

The Twins send Sidney Ponson against the Bronx Bombers tonight at 6:05 central time. Here’s to a good debut with your new team!

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