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MIN@BOS: Diamond keeps Red Sox scoreless over seven

It might not be wise to anticipate a repeat of Saturday's slugfest when the Orioles and Twins reconvene at Target Field on Sunday.

A pair of flourishing southpaws are set to take the hill in the rubber match of the three-game set, one day after Baltimore and Minnesota combined for 13 runs and 22 hits.

Scott Diamond (3-2, 3.03 ERA) will make the start for the Twins on Sunday. The 26-year-old has compiled a 3-1 mark and 2.13 ERA over his last four outings, during which he has walked only three batters in 25 1/3 innings.

"He's one of the most prepared pitchers that I've ever been around," said catcher Ryan Doumit. "He has a game plan every time out. He sticks to it and never wavers."

The Twins have been cautious with Diamond, who had surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow in December. He has yet to eclipse 97 pitches in any outing this season, though he has intentions of building up his endurance.

"We are all on the same page, that we want to get that pitch count up," Diamond said. "That's the goal right now, to get stronger."

Wei-Yin Chen has provided the Orioles with a similar boost in recent weeks. The 27-year-old lefty has posted a 2-1 mark with a 2.96 ERA over his last four outings.

"I just want to keep helping the team, do my job, keep my team in the ballgame," Chen said through an interpreter after his last start. "And keep winning the ballgame."

Orioles: Johnson struggles in start
• The Orioles optioned right-handed reliever Alex Burnett to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday to clear a roster spot for Steve Johnson, who started against the Twins on Saturday night. Johnson yielded six runs on seven hits and four walks in four innings against Minnesota. He threw 88 pitches, but only 48 for strikes. Johnson was optioned back to Norfolk after the game.

Twins: Burton closes the door
• Jared Burton earned his first save on Saturday, as he pitched a scoreless ninth inning in place of Glen Perkins, who was unavailable for the second straight game. Perkins is dealing with discomfort in his left side. He played catch prior to Saturday's contest.

"He doesn't want to sit around and not throw for a few days, but he's not available," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before Saturday's game.

Worth noting
• Twins catcher Joe Mauer is batting .429 (18-for-42) during his 10-game hitting streak, and .517 (15-for-29) over his last seven games.

• Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is hitting .404 (23-for-57) over his last 13 contests. Comments