The Minnesota Twins aren't taking any chances with Scott Diamond's surgically repaired left elbow.
On Tuesday night, he didn't give the Boston Red Sox many.
Diamond allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, Ryan Doumit hit his first homer of the season and the Twins beat the Red Sox 6-1.
Diamond said he still felt strong when he left the game but understands the cautious approach less than five months after the operation.
''This is only my (fifth) start after surgery,'' he said, ''so I feel it was a smart play.''
Diamond (3-2) is having a strong season after a rookie year in which he went 12-7 with a 3.54 ERA. He's allowed three or fewer runs in four of his five outings.
On Tuesday, he retired his last 15 batters, didn't allow a runner past second base, struck out two and walked none.
''Diamond was great for us,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, but ''coming off the elbow thing, we're really a little leery of'' letting him throw too many pitches.
He threw 96 against Bo...