This year, Diamond has made two starts since being called up from Triple-A Rochester, and the results of those outings are indicative of a pitcher who's grown tremendously.
Diamond has twice thrown seven shutout frames. He picked up the win in both starts, most recently against the Blue Jays on Sunday in a 4-3 victory, and on May 8 in a 5-0 win over the Angels. Against Toronto, Diamond gave up five hits; the time before, he allowed four. Combined, he has 10 strikeouts and one walk.
"Scott Diamond was fantastic," manager Ron Gardenhire said after the Toronto outing. "He threw the ball great. Just like his last outing, changed speeds, used his breaking ball and moved the ball in and out, and I think for the most part you saw him ahead in the count and get the ground balls."
Diamond will make his third start of the season Friday -- and his first on the road -- at Miller Park in Milwaukee, where the Brewers will host the Twins for a three-game series to begin Interleague Play. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT.
Right-hander Marco Estrada will get the start for Milwaukee. Estrada is coming off a two-run, six-inning performance in an 8-2 loss to the Cubs on Sunday. He took a no-decision, and carries an 0-2 record despite a reasonable 4.20 ERA.
Estrada, who's only pitched in the National League, enjoys facing the other league -- particularly in an NL park.
"I enjoy it more when they come to our field and [AL teams] have to use their pitchers differently," Estrada said. "There's a little more technique that comes into our game."
Twins: Blackburn to DL, Doumit stays
The Twins announced Wednesday that Ryan Doumit would go on the disabled list with a right calf strain, a decision that the team changed its mind on Thursday when the catcher's MRI came back with good results.
"He got good news on the MRI last night, and it's a mild strain of the calf," Gardenhire said. "The thoughts are it will be a few days here. He believes if he had to go out there, he could play right now."
Nick Blackburn was placed on the 15-day DL with a left quad strain, and outfielder Ben Revere was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.
Brewers: Gonzalez undergoes knee surgery
Alex Gonzalez underwent surgery to repair the ACL in his right knee Thursday at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Raasch. Gonzalez has a six-month expected recovery time.
"It went well," said Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash.
Gonzalez was batting .259 with four homers and 15 RBIs before the injury.
The Twins lead the all-time series between the clubs, 223-212. The Brewers have won four of six games in each of the last two seasons.