Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 6/24/12
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Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said earlier this month that he's not a fan of interleague play because he doesn't like the fact that his pitchers have to swing a bat. But with left-hander Scott Diamond due up in the top of the 8th inning, Gardenhire let his starting pitcher swing away. The move made sense, as Diamond cruised through seven innings, allowing just one run to take a 2-1 lead into the eighth. In his third at-bat of the day, Diamond struck out looking for the second out of the eighth, his second strikeout of the game. But the Twins obviously weren't relying on Diamond's bat in that situation; they wanted him back on the mound for the bottom of the inning. With a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth, Diamond allowed a leadoff single to Wilson Valdez. Two pitches later, Cincinnati's Joey Votto -- a fellow Canadian -- took Diamond deep for a go-ahead two-run homer, putting the Reds up 3-2. Diamond had previously struck out Votto twice, but Votto got the best of the Twins...
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