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.
|Houston - LP: D. Keuchel||0||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy||3|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||1||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes||4|
|Detroit - LP: D. Price||0||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: A. Cobb||1|
|Arizona||0||Bottom 7th Inning|
|San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong||0||Delayed|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: T. Wada||2|
|Atlanta - J. Teheran||6:10 PM|
|Cincinnati - D. Holmberg|
|LA Angels - M. Shoemaker||6:10 PM|
|Boston - R. De La Rosa|
|San Francisco - M. Bumgarner||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - T. Wood|
|San Diego - T. Ross||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - C. Kershaw|
|Carolina||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|NY Giants||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Jacksonville||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Oakland||8/22/14 7:00 PM|
|Chicago||8/22/14 9:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||8/23/14 3:30 PM|
|Tennessee||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington||8/23/14 6:30 PM|
|New Orleans||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Houston||8/23/14 8:00 PM|
|San Diego||8/24/14 3:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/24/14 7:00 PM|
|(21) Texas A&M||8/28/14 5:00 PM|
|(9) So Carolina|
|Wake Forest||8/28/14 6:00 PM|
|Boise State||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|(18) Ole Miss|
|Tulane||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|Temple||8/28/14 8:15 PM|
|Rutgers||8/28/14 9:00 PM|
|Weber State||8/28/14 9:30 PM|
|(19) Arizona State|
|Montreal||8/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||8/23/14 3:00 PM|
|Calgary||8/24/14 2:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/24/14 6:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|San Antonio||8:00 PM|
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