Found May 10, 2012 on
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Here's the headline from the other night: Diamond pitched a gem.
Yeah, it's corny. It's also true.
Scott Diamond, in his first start of the season, pitched seven scoreless innings and gave the Twins the lift they needed in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
I know. I can't help myself.
On Wednesday night, the 25-year-old from up north -- we're talking Canada, not Duluth -- struck out six, allowed just four hits and retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.
OK, one more: He was a Diamond in the rough-and-tumble world that has been the Twins' starting rotation lately. He was just what the Twins needed.
The same could be said for Brian Dozier. Brought up from Triple-A ball, Dozier is playing shortstop and, the hope is, will be giving the Twins a boost in the batting order.
When a team struggles as the Twins have, changes are inevitable.
Sometimes, they work. Sometimes, not.
The Twins are in the midst of tweaking the roster. Third baseman Danny Valencia, who has been struggling, was sent down, and Francisco Liriano was moved to the bullpen. Meantime, pitcher P.J. Walters was brought up. Walters has been doing a fine job in the minors, going 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA. He pitches this weekend.
The Twins are fortunate to have been able to reach down into the minor leagues and come up with the likes of Diamond, Dozier and Walters.
They all could become part of a new core, part of a new beginning.
Part of a better tomorrow, not to mention an improved present.
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The struggling Minnesota Twins are shaking things up, moving Francisco Liriano to the bullpen and optioning third baseman Danny Valencia to Triple-A Rochester.
The Twins announced the moves on Wednesday night after a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels that dropped them to an MLB-worst 8-22.
Liriano is 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in six starts this season. Manager Ron Gardenhire says they...
The Minnesota Twins designated Matt Maloney for assignment, optioned Danny Valencia to Triple-A and called up Darin Mastroianni according to the team's official Twitter account.
Maloney went 1-0 with a 8.18 ERA, 1.6 HR/9, 0.8 BB/9 and 4.1 SO/9 in 11.0 with the Twins this season. Mastroianni was hitting .346/.393/.423 with 11 RBI's and a .816 OPS with the Twins' Triple...
The Minnesota Twins recorded their only set of back-to-back victories last month at Target Field against the Los Angeles Angels.
After their best performance at the plate in May, the Twins will try again to post two straight wins over the visiting Angels on Wednesday night while adding to right-hander Ervin Santana's losing streak.
Minnesota had produced a combined eight runs...
MINNEAPOLIS Sitting fourteen games under .500, the Minnesota Twins needed to do something, anything, to possibly light a fire under the team.
After Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Angels, they did just that.
Minnesota made a slew of roster moves Wednesday night with the hope of jumpstarting a struggling club. Perhaps the most notable move was third baseman Danny Valencia, who...
MINNEAPOLIS Reggie Deal can tell a lot about baseball by simply listening.As he stood near the batting cage at Target Field prior to Friday's game between the Twins and Blue Jays, Deal could hear how the baseball came off the bat of Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe."The way the ball sounds off the bat, if you're close enough to the plate, sometimes it'll give you...
Angels at Twins - Scott Diamond has been called up to face Haren. Good luck with that as Diamond is nothing spectular, but more of a filler. The trend is 81% of the betting public is taking the Angels money line.
TV's Take: Angels -175/ Bet $350 for an easy $200.
Braves at Cubs - I love Dempster in this game. He has been solid all year despite getting the lowest run production...
MINNEAPOLIS Darin Mastroianni's major-league career has been brief so far one game, to be exact, prior to Thursday. It was a time he described as a "whirlwind of emotions."On Aug. 24 of last season, Mastroianni made his big-league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays against the Kansas City Royals. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a sacrifice bunt in his three at...
MINNEAPOLIS Go ahead. Cue the punny headlines.You could go with "A Diamond in the rough." Or perhaps "A Diamond is forever." Maybe "Nothing sparkles like a Diamond" is more your speed.Whatever you choose to call Scott Diamond's 2012 debut with the Twins, make sure you call it one thing: impressive. For a team so desperately needing a strong outing...
Marooned at the bottom of the AL Central division with an MLB-worst 8-22 record, the Minnesota Twins couldn't wait any longer for Francisco Liriano and Danny Valencia to get going.
The Twins moved Liriano from the rotation to the bullpen and sent Valencia, once a promising third base prospect, to Triple-A Rochester as part of a major shakeup to try and instill some energy and...
Date: April 18, 2012 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Top 1: Clete Thomas struck out swinging against Hiroki Kuroda (5 pitches)
Top 3: Thomas called out on strikes against Kuroda (6 pitches)
Top 5: Thomas struck out swinging against Clay Rapada (7 pitches)
Top 8: Thomas struck out swinging against Boone Logan (3 pitches)
Final Line: 0-for-4, 4 K
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BELOIT, Wis. So much pure, raw, God-given talent radiates from Miguel Sano's powerful body on the baseball diamond that it's understandably difficult for casual observers to focus their eyes anywhere else, even hours before game time.
As he whips throws across the field from third base in the afternoon sunlight and later bombs baseballs...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Scott Diamond pitched a career-best seven scoreless innings in his season debut and Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer, giving the Minnesota Twins a much-needed jolt in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Diamond (1-0) struck out six, the most in any of his eight major league starts, and allowed only four hits. He's the first Twins starter...
Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimÂ (13-17) @ Minnesota Twins (7-21)
Pitching Probables: LAA â Dan Haren (1-2, 3.43 ERA) Â MIN â Scott Diamond (0-0, -.-- ERA)
Game Info: 5:10 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830
It seems like the Angels haven't been able to get on this good of a roll in forever, they've won the last 7 out of 9 games while giving up no more than...
Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimÂ (13-18) @ Minnesota Twins (8-21)
Pitching Probables: LAA â Ervin Santana (0-6, 5.59 ERA) Â MIN â Carl Pavano (2-2, 4.62 ERA)
Game Info: 5:10 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830
When this series began, it seemed to be set up more perfectly than you could imagine. The Minnesota Twins just allowed the Angels to gain not only three wins...