Twins starter Scott Diamond and left fielder Josh Willingham were passed over Sunday, July 1, in reserve selections on the American League All-Star team despite having impressive seasons.

Willingham entered Sunday's game against Kansas City leading the Twins with 16 homers and 52 RBIs. He increased both numbers with a three-run homer in the sixth inning off Kansas City starter Bruce Chen.

Diamond's performance drew particular praise from Gardenhire. Since Diamond was called up from Triple-A Rochester on May 7, he is 7-3 and has posted the team's second-lowest earned run average at 2.63.