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Twins Vs. Rangers: Scott Diamond Looks To Cool Off Adrian Beltre, Texas

The Twins' AL West woes might continue with a 4-game set against the Rangers starting tonight.

May 8, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (58) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
May 8, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (58) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Coming off a series loss to the Oakland Athletics, the task doesn't get any easier for the Minnesota Twins, who begin a four-game set at the AL West-leading Texas Rangers tonight.

The Rangers (72-51) have taken five of their last six against the Twins and have won four of their last five overall. Third baseman Adrian Beltre looks to feast on Twins pitching, coming off a three-homer night Wednesday.

One bright spot for the Twins (51-72) this season has been Scott Diamond, who gets the call on the mound tonight. Diamond has pitched to a 10-5 record with a 2.95 ERA. He hasn't struck out a ton, with only 70 in 128.0 innings, but he's only allowed a startling 18 walks this season.

The Rangers counter with Roy Oswalt, who has struggled to a 6.04 ERA since joining the team midseason. He was moved to the bullpen after the trade for Ryan Dempster but will get a start tonight.

Game Date & Time: Thursday, Aug. 23, 7:05 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports North

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.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.