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LAA@TEX: Oswalt earns win with two scoreless frames

One starter in Thursday's series opener between the Twins and Rangers is a 26-year-old rookie, while the other is a 34-year-old three-time All-Star.

But the performances this season from Minnesota's Scott Diamond and Texas' Roy Oswalt resemble what one might expect from their counterpart, not them.

Diamond enters with a superior ERA at 2.95 compared to Oswalt's 6.04. The left-hander also owns a 10-5 record in 19 starts, while his veteran opponent is 3-2 in seven starts this season.

However, poor run support from the Twins has been costly for Diamond's record. He is 1-1 over his last four starts with Minnesota combining for just seven runs in the one loss and two no-decisions. The Twins scored just two runs in his last start against Seattle on Saturday.

Diamond surrendered only two runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, but he still felt responsible for the loss after giving up a game-tying home run to Justin Smoak in the seventh.

"I feel like that loss falls on that pitch right there," Diamond said. "He really got into it. I was a little frustrated, I think, because I had him on that [previous] curveball. I let that get the best of me."

Yu Darvish was originally scheduled to start for Texas. But the right-hander -- who had been dealing with tightness in his right quads -- was scratched on Wednesday after being evaluated further.

Darvish's next start will come on Tuesday against the Rays.

"I just felt a little tightness in my quad during my bullpen yesterday," Darvish said in a statement. "I don't look at it like an injury, just a precaution. It's just a small problem now. I want to handle it before it becomes a big problem. I talked it over with the coaches, and this is the best decision for me and the team going forward."

Twins: Span still out
• Denard Span swung the bat for the second straight day on Wednesday, but he's still not quite ready to hit the field. The center fielder has missed nine straight games since injuring his shoulder while diving for a catch on Aug. 12. Still, the Twins are hopeful he won't need to be placed on the disabled list.

"I'm not worried about it," Span said. "It's out of my control. If my shoulder is ready to go, I'm going to play. If it's not ready to go, there's nothing I can do about it. If they decide to place me on the disabled list, it's not going to make my shoulder better overnight."

• Tuesday's game against Oakland involved the eighth triple play turned against the Twins, as well as the eighth time they finished a game without leaving a runner on base.

Rangers: Uehara expected back on Sunday
• Koji Uehara is expected to make his final rehab appearance for Triple-A Round Rock on Friday before returning to the Rangers on Sunday. He threw one scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance for Round Rock on Tuesday, striking out two batters.

The right-hander has been on the disabled list since June 15 due to a strained right lat muscle.

"He threw the ball well," manager Ron Washington said. "The ball came out of his hand freely. I haven't seen him today. I hope everything works out. He's got one more to go, and hopefully, he'll be ready to compete again."

• Adrian Beltre's three-homer game on Wednesday made him the fifth player in Major League history to do so in both a regular-season and playoff game.

Worth noting
• Minnesota hasn't won a series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington since 2007.

• Justin Morneau, who carries an 11-game hit streak into Thursday's game, owns 11 home runs and 43 RBIs in 63 career games against the Rangers. Comments