Masahiro Tanaka earned his 12th win of the season after allowing four runs on nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts over seven innings against the Twins on Thursday

While the four runs were the most he has allowed in a single outing this year, Tanaka still remained in control of the game and pitched with a fair amount of efficiency. He continued to pound the strike zone and challenge hitters despite allowing two runs through the first three innings and threw just 85 pitches (58 strikes) to get through the seven frames. He's battling Jose Abreu for Rookie of the Year honors, but should he fall short there, his league-leading 12 wins, a 2.27 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and an insane 130:18 K:BB over 122.2 innings certainly have him in the conversation for the 2014 AL Cy Young award. He'll look to improve on all those numbers next week with a start against the Indians.ANALYST: Howard Bender