The D-backs and Twins meet for the first time since a three-game series in Minnesota in September of 2014. The Twins took 2 of 3 in that series and lead the all-time series 10-8.
Minnesota (60-59) is 6 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central but just one game behind the Angels in the extremely convoluted race for a wild-card playoff berth. A 3-9 stretch left the Twins with a 52-56 record on Aug. 5, but they followed that with a six-game winning streak to climb back in it.
The Twins split a double-header with the Indians on Thursday, winning the nightcap 4-2 after dropping the opener 9-3.
The D-backs (67-54) are coming off a four-game split with Houston following Thursday's 4-0 victory. They pulled back even with Colorado for the top wild-card spot in the NL, 4 ½ games ahead of Milwaukee.
Godley is 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA over his last four starts. He was the losing pitcher on Sunday against the Cubs at Chase Field, giving up two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking four.
Godley is 3-3 with a 2.72 ERA in nine starts on the road and 2-2 with a 3.65 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break. He's allowed more than three runs only twice in 17 starts, and the D-backs are 11-6 when he's started.
Santana gave up four runs (two earned) over five innings in his most recent start on Sunday against Detroit. He is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four career starts against the Diamondbacks but hasn't faced them since July of 2014.
He is 4-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 12 starts at home. He's 2-1 with a 4.25 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break.
Santana got off to a phenomenal start this season, going 5-0 with an 0.66 ERA in his first six starts. Since then, he's 7-7 with a 4.21 ERA.
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Scouting the Twins
The Twins rank 18th in baseball in batting average (.254) and 25th in slugging percentage (.411), but they have heated up recently, scoring 67 runs over their last 111 games.
Third baseman Miguel Sano has already established a career high with 26 home runs, but he's struck out a major-league-leading 168 times, including 21 strikeouts in his last nine games. Second baseman Brian Dozier has 10 of his 23 home runs since the All-Star break, and outfielder Eddie Rosario is 15 for 35 with six homers over his last nine games -- raising his season average to .297 with 16 home runs.
Center fielder Byron Buxton was hitting .195 on July 3 and striking out at a rate similar to Sano, but he's hit .361 since then to raise his season mark to .234.
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Jake Lamb hit one of two D-backs home runs on Thursday, his 26th of the year, and pushed his RBI total to 93 -- fifth-most in the majors and two behind teammate Paul Goldschmidt, who ranks third in the majors.
Goldschmidt is hitting .370 (30 for 81) with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 23 games since J.D. Martinez returned to the lineup from a hand injury on July 24.
Shortstop Ketel Marte had two hits on Thursday, raising his average to .295. He's reached base safely in 17 consecutive games (22 for 59, .373, with nine walks).
A.J. Pollock also had two hits on Thursday, his first multi-hit game since Aug. 1. Pollock went into Thursday's game in a 4-for-38 slump