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Twins Vs. Rays: Minnesota Turns To Scott Diamond Looking To Avoid Sweep

Scott Diamond, who leads the Minnesota Twins with 12 quality starts this season, takes the mound Sunday looking to halt Tampa's winning streak at five and help Minnesota avoid a three-game home sweep.

Diamond (10-5, 2.91 ERA) scattered seven hits and two earned runs across seven strong innings his last time out to win his tenth game Monday, and he's gone seven innings or more in three straight starts.

Tampa's hitters, thanks in part to Evan Longoria's return, have been swinging hot bats. James Shields (10-7, 4.08 ERA) goes for the Rays, and he's pitched well of late, too. Shields went eight innings in his last outing, allowing just three baserunners and one run on six strikeouts to earn his second consecutive victory.

Twins outfielder Denard Span, who sat Saturday out to avoid Rays lefty David Price, should be back in the lineup Sunday.

First pitch is set for 1:10 pm CT from Target Field.

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