Fausto Carmona will be taking his 4-1 record to the bump on Thursday afternoon to face Minnesota. Carmona ended his drought of 15 straight decisions being chalked up in the loss column in an earlier start against the Twins, by going seven and two-third innings allowing only two earned runs. Since that start, Carmona has been as tough to score on as just about any pitcher in the AL. Carmona has won his last four starts, pitching 30 innings and allowing six earned runs.
The Twins will counter with Johan Santana. The Indians touched up Mr. Cy Young for four earned runs over seven innings in his first start of the season against Cleveland. This is the game that Johan decided if he can't get Victor and Pronk out, he might as well bury fastballs into the middle of their backs. Santana is seven and three in his career against the Indians, holding an ERA of 3.21 and 130 strikeouts in just over 123 innings.