Diamond blanks Angels, Jays in first two starts

Scott Diamond, of the Minnesota Twins, delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...

Scott Diamond, of the Minnesota Twins, delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the second inning on May 8, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (GETTY)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS - The Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie had trouble recalling if he had met fellow Canadian Scott Diamond in the past but he knows who he is now.

Diamond, a 25-year-old left-hander from Guelph, shut the door on the Blue Jays on Sunday, blanking them over his seven innings on five hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four in upping his record to 2-0 in as many starts in the Twins' 4-3 victory.

Last Tuesday, Diamond blanked the Angels on four hits over seven innings so it's a pretty good 2-for-2 for the former Team Canada member.

"The key was just getting back down to throwing strikes," said Diamond, who was originally signed by Atlanta in 2007 and came to the Twins in 2010 as a Rule 5 draft pick. "Me and (catcher) Drew Butera worked well together. We had an approach we wanted to use to handle these guys and we were able to keep attacking."

He even survived a scary situation in the second inning when J.P. Arencibia hit a rocket back through the box that drilled his left shoulder. Diamond had the presence of mind to locate the ball and make the toss to first for the out.

"I'm good. It got the meat of the shoulder so I was able to laugh it off a little bit," he said. "I have a tendency to get hit by a lot of balls, so we might see a couple more this year. But I'm fine. Everything's good."

Last season, Diamond made seven starts for the Twins going 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA. He said that it was a good learning experience.

"I try to relax a lot more," he said of what he took into 2012. "I try to keep everything simple and take a couple of deep breaths on the mound just to help me settle down and focus on the batter rather than letting the situation get out of control."

He didn't have that problem against the Jays.


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