MINNEAPOLIS Through their first several starts, Twins starting pitchers P.J. Walters and Scott Diamond seemed to have success nearly every time out after their promotions from Triple-A Rochester. But their somewhat surprising starts raised the question of what would happen once they faced a team for the second time.
Walters did that Sunday, facing a Detroit Tigers lineup that tagged him for three solo homers back on May 17. The second time around, Walters held Detroit to just two runs in six innings despite several threats from the Tigers' offense.
While the Twins lost 4-3 after a Tigers rally in the ninth, Walters pitched well enough to win for the fourth time in four starts with Minnesota. He also passed the first test of facing the same opponent twice.
"It's part of it. They're in the division. We're going to face them a lot," Walters said. "I'm going to have to learn them just as much as they're going to have to learn me."