Evan Longoria hit a two-run double and Cesar Ramos looked sharp on the mound, sending the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Tampa Bay improved to 14-4-2 this spring, the best record in the Grapefruit League. The Rays have allowed 67 runs, fewest in the majors. Ramos, trying to win the fifth spot in the rotation, struck out six in 4 2-3 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and a walk, throwing 64 pitches before giving way to Grant Balfour.
St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez and Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson each enhanced their chances of earning a spot in their team’s rotation with solid outings, and the Cardinals beat the Twins 3-1 on Wednesday.
Justin Morneau hit late two homers, including a grand slam, and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-5 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Friday. The White Sox traded Alex Rios to Texas before the game and were headed toward their fourth straight win before things turned in the seventh inning.
Ryan Doumit hit the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, Minnesota’s bullpen pitched six scoreless innings and the Twins beat the Houston Astros 6-4 on Saturday night. After starter Kyle Gibson allowed four runs and nine hits in three innings, Anthony Swarzak struck out five in the next three innings and the American League’s second-best bullpen came through for Minnesota. Brian Duensing (4-1) followed with a scoreless seventh and Casey Fien a scoreless eighth to set up All-Star Glen Perkins for his 26th save.
Chris Herrmann was shagging balls in right field during batting practice when he noticed manager Ron Gardenhire waving to get his attention. He suddenly sprinted off the field and was told that he, instead of Joe Mauer, was going to catch Kyle Gibson.
Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, while Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece to help the surging Tampa Bay Rays extend their winning streak to a season-best six games with a 4-1 victory over the sputtering Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Unless you were deep in the forest or floating in the middle of a lake you probably heard that Kyle Gibson won his major league debut on Saturday.
Kyle Benjamin Gibson was born October 23, 1987. Two days later, the Minnesota Twins won their first of two World Series titles. Just shy of 22 years later, Gibson became the Twins 2009 first-round draft pick. And on Saturday, he made his Major League debut against the Kansas City Royals.
Kyle Gibson pitched six solid innings in his major league debut, and Trevor Plouffe homered to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Saturday. Gibson (1-0) allowed two runs and eight hits, and he struck out five to become the first first-round pick in Twins history to win a start in his major league debut. He had plenty of early help as Minnesota scored five in the first inning. Wade Davis (4-6) was yanked after giving up another run in the second with no one out. The one inning outing marked Davis’ shortest outing of the season for the Royals, who have lost seven of 10.
One of the more anticipated Minnesota Twins debuts among starting pitchers will take place this weekend, team officials announced Sunday. Kyle Gibson will make his major league debut on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.
The Minnesota Twins announced more roster moves Thursday morning as they continue into the heart of spring training down in Florida.
The next time Justin Morneau steps into the batter’s box he’ll be representing Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Morneau homered in his final game with Minnesota before leaving for the WBC, but the Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Saturday.
Joe Mauer was impressed with the Twins pitching staff Sunday despite Minnesota’s 10-7 loss in 10 innings to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Kyle Gibson just looks like a major league pitcher.
The Minnesota Twins have remade their rotation after a rough time on the mound. They’ll have at least three new guys in the five-man group.