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Updated: August 1st, 2013 3:39pm
Twins send Aaron Hicks, Scott Diamond to Triple-A Rochester

Twins send Aaron Hicks, Scott Diamond to Triple-A Rochester

by Phil Mackey
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The fall is complete for Scott Diamond

After yet another rough outing in Thursday's loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Minnesota Twins optioned Diamond to Triple-A Rochester. The left-hander allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and three walks in just five innings, raising his ERA to 5.52.

"I was fearful of this actually happening so I think because of it I was just trying to do too much. I just haven't been pitching well. I haven't been executing," Diamond said after the game. "I haven't been putting hitters away. I just haven't stopped the bleeding."

In the aftermath, the Twins also demoted struggling centerfielder Aaron Hicks to Rochester. Hicks went 0-for-4, lowering his batting line to .192/.259/.338 on the season. 

Oswaldo Arcia has been recalled to take one roster spot. It's possible Andrew Albers could take Diamond's place in the rotation. 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Oswaldo Arcia, Scott Diamond