MINNEAPOLIS -- Given the way his last several starts had gone, Twins left-hander Scott Diamond knew he needed a strong outing Monday.
The final score might not have indicated it -- Minnesota fell 10-4 to the New York Yankees at Target Field -- but Diamond took a step in the right direction with Monday's start. For the first time since May 7 Diamond pitched into the seventh inning. He left after 6 23 innings of work, but also exited the game with a lead.
Minnesota's bullpen didn't do Diamond any favors, however, as the Yankees scored three runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth to dash Diamond's best start in nearly a month.
"I'm happy with the improvement personally, but we lost," Diamond said. "It's frustrating just the way it all unraveled a little bit. Hopefully we can make an adjustment and come back tomorrow and be a little more competitive in the series."
The only player who really did damage against Diamond on Monday was Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who hi...