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INGTON -- Scott Diamond was handed a six-game suspension by Major League baseball on Friday and is planning to appeal the suspension.
Diamond was ejected in the third inning of Thursday's loss to the Rangers after throwing behind the head of Josh Hamilton -- his first career ejection. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was also ejected by home plate umpire Wally Bell moments later, his 23rd career ejection and his third of the year. Diamond's suspension was set to begin on Friday before his appeal, which delays any discipline until the appeal process is complete.
"I probably knew it was going to come," Diamond said. "But at this point, we're going to go ahead and appeal it. Like I said yesterday, the pitch got away from me. I was just trying to work in and I'm glad nobody got hurt. I guess we're just going to appeal it."
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."