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: C. Buchholz||2||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||4|
|San Francisco||9:05 PM|
|Detroit||76||3rd Qtr 4:00|
|LA Clippers||64||3rd Qtr 11:10|
|Charlotte||66||3rd Qtr 6:51|
|Boston||43||2nd Qtr 2:36|
|LA Lakers||46||2nd Qtr 1:08|
|Miami||30||2nd Qtr 3:06|
|Golden State||28||1st Qtr 1:15|
|Minnesota||19||1st Qtr 1:32|
|Calgary||1||1st Prd 6:08|
|UCLA||34||2nd Half 16:54|
|NC State||33||2nd Half|
|Kent State||9:00 PM|
|Michigan State||9:07 PM|
|(15) North Carolina||30||2nd Half 16:37|
|(3) South Carolina||35|
|(18) Iowa||34||2nd Half|
|(9) Arizona State||8:30 PM|
|(7) Florida State|
|(14) Stanford||9:00 PM|
|(2) Notre Dame|