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Scott Diamond Having His Innings Monitored By Twins

As ace left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond continues to explore uncharted territory for his career in total innings pitched, the Minnesota Twins know it is in their best interests to keep a watchful eye on their 26-year-old phenom as the season winds down.

"We're very aware of the innings pitched," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told the Pioneer Press on Wednesday. "He's going to be right up there at 200 innings when it's all said and done. We know where he's at, and we know how many starts he has left."

Diamond is 11-6 with a 3.35 earned-run average this year for the Twins over 142.1 big-league innings, but also took the mound six times at the Triple-A level to bump his overall innings to a relatively high total of 177. The promising young starter pitched a total of 158.1 innings in 2010 and 162 last season -- numbers worth noting, even if it's hard to believe the organization would shut Diamond down for what may amount to a single start.

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