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.
''After my last couple starts, I've worked really hard ...