Scott Diamond knew he was probably facing his biggest batter of the day. As it turned out, he was right.
With his Twins losing 2-0 to the Tigers, Diamond was facing Omar Infante with a runner on and two out in the fifth. Infante himself wasn't what Diamond was worried about - it was the batter on deck.
''When I walked Austin Jackson, I realized that if I didn't get Infante, I was going to have to face Miguel Cabrera with two runners on base,'' he said. ''That's a dangerous situation.''
He didn't have to worry. Infante hit a grounder to short and Diamond got out of the inning. Minnesota then scored five runs in the sixth and cruised to a 10-4 victory in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
The loss dropped Detroit a full game behind the White Sox in the AL Central.
Diamond (12-8) allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings, and improved his career ERA against the Tigers to 3.07 in four starts. He struck out five.