ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Minnesota Twins starter Scott Diamond has been suspended six games by Major League Baseball for a pitch thrown near the head of Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton.
The suspension and undisclosed fine were announced Friday, though Diamond is appealing the suspension and remains on the Twins' active roster.
Diamond was immediately ejected Thursday night after the lefty's pitch near Hamilton's head in the third inning. Twins catcher Joe Mauer had been hit by a pitch in the top half of the inning.
Hamilton said Friday that he could feel the ball whizzing by the back of his neck, but that he didn't think Diamond was trying to hit him in the head.
Diamond said he was trying to work in on the pitch and that it definitely got away from him.