La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins trade relief prospect to keep Diamond

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 28, 2011 - 1:34 PM

The Twins have agreed to trade righthander Billy Bullock to Atlanta that will allow them to retain lefthander Scott Diamond. Diamond, who has cleared waivers, has been assigned outright to Class AAA Rochester.

Diamond has been slowed in camp by a cut on his left thumb, so the Twins haven't had enough time to evaluate him.

At first glance, the Twins gave up a pretty decent prospect in Bullock, a second-round pick out of Florida in 2009. Some feel Bullock is a good closer prospect with a legitimate mid-90's fastball.

Bullock struck out 105 batters in 74 innings between Class A Fort Myers and Class AA New Britain.

No word yet on if the Twins will be able to swing a deal with Atlanta and keep Scott Diamond. Should be some interesting moments at Turner Field over the next two days.

Starters are getting a couple of at-bats then they are outta there!


Pirates

1. Jose Tabata, LF
2. Neil Walker, 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Ryan Doumit, DH
5. Steve Pearce, 1B
6. Matt Diaz, RF
7. Ronny Cedeno, SS
8. Josh Rodriguez, 3B
9. Jason Jaramillo, C

Pitching: Jeff Karstens

Twins

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Nishi, 2B
3. Joe MauerC
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Michael Cuddyer, RF
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. Alexi Casilla, SS

Pitching: Francisco Liriano

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