08/24/12 11:35 PM ET
Diamond suspended six games, plans to appeal
By Christian Corona / MLB.com
Diamond wasn't pleased that he was tossed so quickly.
"I thought I got the hook a little early," Diamond said after Thursday's game. "I was a little frustrated because I thought a warning would have been issued, but that's the way it goes. I was trying to work in on the pitch and it definitely got away from me. My control wasn't as great tonight. I'm just glad nobody got hurt."Rangers starter Roy Oswalt hit Joe Mauer in the back with a 3-0 fastball with two outs in the third before Diamond came close to hitting Hamilton in the bottom half of the inning. After Diamond got Elvis Andrus to ground out to second base, he threw a first-pitch fastball near Hamilton's head and was immediately ejected by Bell. "I hope it doesn't carry over. Then I'll get ejected again," Gardenhire said before Friday's game. "Let's not talk about that stuff. It's all water under the bridge." Oswalt denied trying to hit Mauer on purpose, and Diamond said he did not intend on throwing a pitch that close to Hamilton's head. But Hamilton, who drove in five runs in the 10-6 victory, believed that Bell made the right decision to eject Diamond. "Wally did a good job," Hamilton said. "If you get hit in the shoulders or below, you take your bases and move on. When you get a ball up around the head, that's a different story. Wally did a good job. It's part of the game. You move on ... You don't have time to react. If he had hit me, we would have seen if my new helmet worked or not." Diamond has hit four of the 531 batters he's faced this year over 130 1/3 innings, tied for the most on the team. "I wasn't expecting that," Adrian Beltre said. "We expected them to retaliate but I didn't think it would be close to the head. Luckily it didn't hit him."
ChristianCorona is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.