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BOS@TOR: Dempster hurls six innings of one-run ball

Scott Diamond will take the hill Tuesday night at Fenway Park for the first time, and the Twins left-hander couldn't be more excited.

"I think it's going to be a pretty cool atmosphere," Diamond said. "Just pitching here at night, I'm not sure how that's going to be. I have memories of our series here last year and it was a pretty good one. I remember watching Cole [De Vries] and Sam [Deduno] pitch here last year and I missed out. So I'm pretty eager to get out there."

With 38 career starts under his belt, Tuesday's start against the Red Sox will mark the 13th different park in which he's pitched.

Diamond, who had surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow in December, said he's feeling better and better after each start. He's tossed three straight quality outings since struggling in his first start on April 13 against the Mets and has a 3.97 ERA with 13 strikeouts and three walks in 22 2/3 innings.

On Wednesday against the Tigers, the left-hander allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings for his second win of the season.

"Physically, I definitely feel like everything is starting to come around," Diamond said. "Even just throwing, I felt like my mechanics were really in sync. And the big thing now is when something is out of sync, I'm able to make a quick adjustment off it."

Meanwhile, Red Sox right-hander Ryan Dempster will look to continue his strong start to the season as he goes for his third straight win.

Showcasing electric movement on his pitches during his six starts, Dempster's splitter has been the driving force behind his 47 strikeouts. Boston catcher David Ross called the pitch "video-game stuff" after his last start.

In that outing against the Blue Jays, Dempster allowed just one run on four hits in six innings. He also struck out four and walked three to improve to 2-2 on the season with a 3.00 ERA.

"I felt like maybe I was picking a little bit and trying to be too fine instead of getting back on the aggressive and taking advantage of their aggressiveness early on," Dempster said after the start. "They were coming after me, and maybe kind of got away from the strike zone a little bit more than I wanted to. I was able to hone it back in."

At the plate, the Sox have been paced by David Ortiz's 26-game hit streak. The run stretches over two seasons, with the designated hitter going 40-for-93 (.430) with 11 doubles, six homers and 23 RBIs since the streak began on July 2, 2012.

Boston's veteran left-handed-hitting slugger owns the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest streak by a Red Sox player since Manny Ramirez had a 27-game hitting streak in '06.

Twins: De Vries to make second rehab start
• Right-hander Cole De Vries will make his next start with Double-A New Britain on Friday.

De Vries, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 30 with a right forearm strain, tossed four innings for Class A Advanced Fort Myers, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits. He also struck out two and walked none.

"He came through all right," Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan said. "He got to about 50 pitches or so. So he'll pitch May 10 for New Britain at home and we'll see how he does. We'll stretch him out again."

Red Sox: Bailey to DL with biceps inflammation
• After an MRI revealed no structural damage in right-hander reliever Andrew Bailey's inflamed right biceps on Monday, the Red Sox sent him to the 15-day disabled list. Left-handed reliever Craig Breslow was activated to take Bailey's spot.

Bailey hasn't pitched since April 28, so the move is retroactive to April 29, allowing Bailey to be eligible to return May 14.

"We fully expect and are hopeful that this will be near the 15 days before he's activated," Boston manager John Farrell said.

Worth noting
• Boston has 38 more runs scored than its allowed this season, the fourth-best mark in baseball.

• In 25 career games at Fenway Park, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is 37-for-101 (.366) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs.

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