Sure, the Twins added a veteran designated hitter Saturday. If they’re lucky, he will hit as well as the DH they’re already using.

While rumors about Kendrys Morales made their way around Target Field, Danny Santana lined four hits and drove in five runs, providing more than enough offense for Kyle Gibson and the Twins in an 8-0 shutout of Houston.

“He’s swinging it,” manager Ron Gardenhire said of the 23-year-old Dominican rookie. “He’s doing fine. He doesn’t know these pitchers, so he’s making some adjustments. He sees a breaking ball the first time, he’s ready for it the next time. The kid’s fun to watch.”

The Astros probably don’t think so. Santana lined his first career home run into the left field seats on Friday, then just got hotter a day later. When the Twins loaded the bases in the second inning on a hit batter, a walk and two Astros errors, Santana lined a single to right to bring home a pair of runs. Two more walks ahead of him in the fourth inning turned into runs when Santana bashed a pitch to the left-center fence for a double. And another Santana single in the seventh drove home Kurt Suzuki, giving the shortstop-turned-outfielder-turned-DH a career day.

Gibson’s day was much more routine — he’s always good at Target Field. The second-year righthander limited Houston to three singles over seven innings and never allowed a runner to reach third base. That extended his streak to 15 consecutive innings without allowing a run in Target Field, where he now owns a 4-1 record and 1.54 ERA.

Gibson’s biggest challenge, in fact, was staying warm during the Twins’ big innings. “It’s probably the first time, maybe ever, I’ve had two long innings of 30 or 40 minutes,” Gibson said. “Coming back up [behind the dugout], trying to get loose and throwing some balls in the [batting] cage is how I handled it.”