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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.

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