TAMPA, FLA - Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, before Friday's game against the Yankees, made it clear what was at stake for righthander Kyle Gibson, ``This is a big one for Gibby, right here,'' Gardenhire said.
Gibson is off to a strong start in his drive to win a spot on the pitching staff. And he helped his case a little more on Friday by shaking off early struggles in his four-inning outing during the Twins 7-3 win over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
After giving up three runs in the first inning, Gibson threw three scoreless innings on 30 pitches.
The Twins got a home run from Brian Dozier and two RBI singles from Chris Colabello as they roared past the Yankees, who were short-handed as several regulars are in Panama for a weekend series against Miami.
Gibson gave up three runs on three hits and two walks. He was 0-2 in the first inning to Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian Roberts before giving up doubles to both. The Yankees tacked on two more runs after that.
``I just tried to keep getting ahead,'' Gibson said. ``I knew that if I made a little better pitches on two strikes or 1-1 I was going to have better results.''
Gibson went on to retire nine of the last 10 batters he faced.
|Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa||0||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: M. Stroman||8|
|San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson||1||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||2|
|Texas - LP: C. Lewis||2||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy||4|
|Houston - LP: S. Feldman||1||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: J. Samardzija||13|
|Miami||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|San Diego - T. Ross||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - E. Jackson|
|NY Mets - D. Gee||7:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - M. Garza|
|Chicago WSox - H. Noesi||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota - P. Hughes|
|Cleveland - C. Kluber||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - D. Duffy|
|Detroit - M. Scherzer||9:05 PM|
|LA Angels - G. Richards|
|Baltimore - W. Chen||9:10 PM|
|Seattle - H. Iwakuma|
|Real Salt Lake|
|Winnipeg||7/25/14 9:00 PM|
|Ottawa||7/26/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||7/26/14 9:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8/1/14 9:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/2/14 6:00 PM|
|New York||9:00 PM|