MINNEAPOLIS Scott Diamond has never been one to back down from a challenge.
When the left-hander didn't make the Twins' Opening Day roster out of spring training, it was a challenge. He responded by pitching well with Triple-A Rochester and earning a promotion to the majors. Diamond made his 2012 debut on May 8 and has since become Minnesota's most consistent starting pitcher. After a win Sunday in Cincinnati, the 25-year-old Diamond is now 6-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 10 starts.
But another challenge that was thrown his way over a decade ago has transformed how Diamond lives his life both in the clubhouse and away from baseball. A friend of Diamond's noticed him washing his hands and then drying them with a paper towel. The friend challenged Diamond to use as few sheets of paper towel as possible.
From that point on, being green and environmentally conscious has become a way of life for Diamond.
"Ever since then, it's never been about as much as I can use. It's always been about as ...