Scott Diamond finished last season as the only pitcher assured of a spot in Minnesota's rotation.
One year later, the left-hander isn't sure of much, starting with getting the ball to go where he wants it to.
A.J. Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat Diamond and the Twins 8-2 on Thursday afternoon to increase their division lead heading into a three-game series at second-place Texas this weekend.
Josh Reddick homered and had three RBIs for Oakland, which has a 3 1/2-game edge over Texas in the American League West, the largest for the A's since Aug. 3. Diamond was in Triple-A then, sent down two days earlier after another shaky start. He went 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA in six turns for the Rochester Red Wings, bringing confidence he could carry that over to the Twins in these final weeks.
But this return was more of the same for Diamond (5-11), who finished only 4 2-3 innings while allowing six hits, five runs (four earned) and two walks. He st...