Aug 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (58) reacts after being thrown out of the game during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Scott Diamond Suspension: Twins Pitcher Suspended For Throwing Near Josh Hamilton's Head

Scott Diamond was suspended six games by Major League Baseball for the altercation that occurred in the Minnesota Twins game against the Texas Rangers.

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Scott Diamond Decided To Drop Appeal Of Suspension

Minnesota Twins' starting pitcher Scott Diamond has dropped his appeal of the six-game suspension he received for throwing behind the head of Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton on Aug. 23. The pitch was in retaliation for Roy Oswalt of the Rangers hitting Twins catcher Joe Mauer in the back earlier in the game.

Diamond pitched against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday before dropping his appeal. Against Seattle he allowed five runs in seven innings as the Twins lost 5-2. Diamond began serving his suspension on Wednesday and will miss one scheduled start in the Twins' rotation. He has been the Twins' best pitcher this year posting a 3.21 ERA with a 10-6 record over 21 starts.

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Scott Diamond Suspension: Twins Pitcher Suspended For Throwing Near Josh Hamilton's Head

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond has been suspended for six games by Major League Baseball for throwing near the head of Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton in Thursday night's game. Here is a .GIF of the incident:

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That pitch was perceived as a retaliation for Rangers pitcher Roy Oswalt plunking Twins catcher Joe Mauer. As the .GIF shows, though, Diamond may not have agreed with that interpretation.

For Diamond, the six games is truly equal to one game, as he'll miss only one start. That start was scheduled to be on Tuesday Aug. 28 at home vs. the Seattle Mariners, though that could be delayed if Diamond decides to appeal his suspension.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Minnesota. For more comprehensive coverage of this series, visit Twins blog Twinkie Town and Rangers blog Lone Star Ball. And for more news, notes and analysis from around baseball, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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