MINNEAPOLIS Through four innings, Scott Diamond's 2013 debut was about as smooth as the left-hander could have asked for.
Then, Diamond hung a pitch to Marlon Byrd to lead off the fifth inning and things unraveled for the 26-year-old pitcher. He wound up allowing four runs in the inning and recorded just one out in the fifth before his season debut was over. Diamond took the loss as Minnesota fell to the New York Mets by a 4-2 final at Target Field.
"It was good to get back in front of the crowd and the fans and everything and just be back on the bench," Diamond said of Saturday's game, which had an announced temperature of 35 degrees at first pitch. "I was hoping for better. The biggest thing for me today was getting in a rhythm and just keeping a strong pace. It was cold, but battling the elements, I felt like I threw pretty well. I learned a lot from the mistakes I made today and hope to build off them."
Diamond missed the first two weeks of the season after rehabbing from o...