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Twins Vs. Royals Game Preview: Scott Diamond In Battle Of Rookies

The Twins open a three-game series with the Royals on Tuesday night when they send Scott Diamond to the mound.

Aug 1, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (58) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 1, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (58) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Two rookie left-handed pitchers will face off in the opening game of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals. The Twins are riding a three-game winning streak and hope to continue the trend and climb out of the bottom of the standings when they face the Royals.

The Twins will send Scott Diamond (11-6, 3.35 ERA) to the mound, coming off a win he'd rather forget. In Diamond's last outing he only lasted five innings, giving up four runs, but the Twins came away with a 18-9 win over the Chicago White Sox. Diamond has been the Twins' best starter this season and has split his two starts against the Royals.

The Royals will answer with their own rookie left-hander, Will Smith (4-7, 5.45 ERA) who has lost both his contests against the Twins, but pitched well against them on Sept. 1, allowing three runs over six innings.

Game Date & Time: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 8:10 p.m. EST

TV: FS-N

For more on the Twins; check Twinkie Town and SB Nation Minnesota. For more on the Royals; head over to Royals Review and SB Nation Kansas City.

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