Nightly 9: Ervin Santana, fresh off steroid suspension, returns to form in Twins debut

Baseball Each night we'll provide you with the nine top story lines from the day's action, beginning with the stars of the day, and look ahead to the next day's matchups.  Ervin Santana's return from his 80-game PED suspension came and went without much fanfare. The 32-year-old starting pitcher made his Twins regular-season debut Sunday, allowing two runs with eight strikeouts over eight innings in a 3-2 walkoff loss to the Royals. Santana, who signed with Minnesota in the offseason for $54 million, resembled his old self in the hard-luck no-decision. He topped out around 96 mph on his fastball and threw 93 pitches, walking three and giving up three hits.Maybe he can even help the second-place Twins keep pace in the American League Central. Elsewhere, the Angels swept the Astros in Houston, exploding for 12 runs in another offensive outburst. In the series against the Astros, the Angels scored 32 times and have 15 or more hits in three consecutive games, tying their franchise record.Here are more highlights from Sunday's games:Impact players:C — Ryan Hanigan, Red Sox: Hanigan had an ideal day, going 3 for 3 at the plate with a walk. He had a pair of two-out RBI singles that gave the Red Sox the 3-1 win.1B —  C.J. Cron, Angels: One game after driving in six runs, Cron was at it again. This time, he went 4 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI.2B — Wilmer Flores, Mets: Flores went 4 for 5 with a run scored and three RBIs in a big win against the Dodgers.SS — Carlos Cor

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rea, Astros: In a losing effort, Correa went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and a stolen base.3B — Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox: "Panda" went 3 for 4 with two runs scored in a win against the Astros.OF — Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: CarGo took a step in the right direction with a 3-for-4 effort. He hit a home run, scored two runs and had two RBIs in a win against the Diamondbacks. DH — Albert Pujols, Angels: Pujols was 2 for 5 with a homer and an RBI single for the Angels, which was the icing on the cake in their dominant win.SP — Cole Hamels, Phillies: Hamels continued to impress suitors with yet another strong start. He pitched seven shutout innings, while fanning six against the Braves.Key injuries:Steven Souza Jr. left the Rays game against the Yankees with a bruised right hand after he was hit by a pitch.Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left the game with a right-hand contusion after he was hit by a Steven Matz 95-mph fastball.Surprise performers:Good: Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana returned to the mound for the first time since being handed an 80-game suspension for PED use. He dealt eight innings, allowing just two runs and striking out eight against the Royals.Bad: White Sox reliever Dan Jennings and shortstop Carlos Sanchez had communication issues that resulted in four runs scored in the seventh for the Orioles.Web gems:In honor of Shark Week starting Sunday night, a shark threw out the first pitch at the White Sox-Orioles game.Begin #SharkWeek by watching the Shark (Jeff Samardzija) catch a pitch from an actual shark: http://t.co/4uvbM5RP5B pic.twitter.com/6BAPAyDDhl— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 4, 2015Cameron Maybin uses his agility to get back on base.#SpideySkills https://t.co/zTd6lK01Lr— (@) July 5, 2015Facts of the day:The Brewers made history with their seventh straight win, going undefeated on a road trip for only the second time in franchise history.The #Brewers today look to do something that has only been done once in franchise history: pic.twitter.com/5JqB3YVzGK— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) July 5, 2015The Blue Jays' offense posted yet another 10-plus run game on Sunday.Blue Jays: 15th game this season with at least 10 runs (next closest team has 8)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 5, 2015The Cardinals' pitching is on point this season, holding teams to two runs or fewer in 48 games.. @Cardinals are 1st team since 1907 Cubs & White Sox to allow 2 or fewer runs in 48 of their 1st 81 games of a season (via @EliasSports )— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 5, 2015Reactions:"I might be running out of luck when it comes to hitting," Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn said after his first career multi-hit game. Lynn is 6 for 26 this season. "But I'll take it. That's for sure.""Guys see guys having good at-bats and it's been contagious," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said, via .com. "That's gone on up and down the lineup. It's success and then it's confidence and then it's contagious."Off the field:The voting results for the 2015 All-Star Game were revealed Sunday, with four Royals players starting for the American League.Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton might be put back on the disabled list with a possible groin strain, less than a week after he was activated.Jaime Garcia also has a groin strain and the Cardinals have placed him on the disabled list.Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was placed back on the DL, this time with an oblique strain, after being activated for only three games.Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will miss three games from Monday to Wednesday after the death of his sister.Sunday's scores:American League:Rays 8, Yankees 1  Blue Jays  10, Tigers 5Royals 3, Twins 2Orioles 9, White Sox 1Red Sox 5 , Astros 4Mariners 2, Athletics 1Angels 12, Rangers 6National League:Brewers 6, Reds 1Phillies 4, Braves 0  (10)Cardinals 3, Padres 1Cubs 2, Marlins 0Mets 8, Dodgers 0Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4Nationals 3, Giants 1Interleague:Pirates 5, Indians 3A look ahead: (All times Eastern)Padres (39-44) vs. Pirates (47-34), 7:05 p.m.:  A.J. Burnett (7-3, 2.05 ERA) looks to continue his impressive season against James Shields (7-3, 4.14 ERA) and the Padres. The Pirates righty has won seven of his past nine decisions and posted a 1.77 ERA over his past five outings. Cardinals (52-28) vs. Cubs (43-36), 8:05 p.m.: Cards righty John Lackey will be pitching against a Chicago team for the third straight start. He allowed two runs over seven innings to both the Cubs (June 26) and White Sox (July 1).Braves (40-42) vs. Brewers (36-48), 8:10 p.m.:  Kyle Lohse (5-9, 6.24 ERA) will start for the Brewers and try to extend their winning streak to eight. He was average in his last start on July 1, allowing four runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Phillies.