KC 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Min 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 6
Date of game: 6/29/2013

Recap: Minnesota vs. Kansas City

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kyle Gibson probably couldn't have imagined a better way for his major league debut to unfold.

Staked to a sizeable lead early, the 25-year-old right-hander tossed six solid innings as the Minnesota Twins posted a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Target Field.

Gibson (1-0), taken by the Twins in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, watched his teammates put up a five-spot in the first inning against Kansas City's Wade Davis.

"It was an amazing day, really," Gibson said. "I was really nervous the last couple days leading up to it and was able to calm my nerves somehow."

Davis (4-6) was shaky from the outset, issuing consecutive one-out walks before a double by Justin Morneau brought both runners home. Trevor Plouffe followed with a homer to left-center field, and Pedro Florimon added a run- scoring single with two outs off Davis, who needed 53 pitches to complete the disastrous frame.

"Just off. No release point at all," Davis admitted. "I was trying to throw it down the middle of the plate and it was running off. Just one that I'm going to forget, real quick."

Davis returned to the mound for the second, but was removed after Minnesota loaded the bases with no outs. Command again was a problem for the righty as Joe Mauer and Morneau each walked after Brian Dozier singled to begin the inning.

Will Smith escaped the bases-loaded jam with only minimal damage, getting Oswaldo Arcia to ground into an inning-ending double play after a Plouffe sacrifice fly.

Smith did a tremendous job silencing the Twins over five innings of relief and giving the Royals an opportunity to chip away at the deficit. A comeback was not in the cards, however.

Kansas City did get to Gibson for two third-inning runs. Four of the eight hits the Royals mustered against the rookie came in the frame, with Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez each collecting an RBI.

The Royals threatened to further close the gap, loading the bases with one out in the eighth, but Casey Fien fanned Lorenzo Cain and Miguel Tejada to thwart the rally.

Game Notes

Gibson, who had five strikeouts and no walks, was 7-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Rochester ... Davis had not allowed an earned run in two previous starts this season against the Twins. He suffered his first loss in nine career games versus Minnesota ... The Twins had been outscored in the first inning this year by a 74-39 margin ... Plouffe extended his hitting streak to 11 games ... Kansas City finished 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position ... The Royals designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment following the game and recalled infielder Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.

Harvick claims Darlington pole

Kevin Harvick became the eighth different pole winner in as many Sprint Cup Series races this season after posting the fastest lap in the final round of Friday's knockout-style qualifying for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Chris Johnson joins Jets

Chris Johnson officially now has a new home, with the former 2,000-yard rusher agreeing to terms with the New York Jets Wednesday on a reported two-year contract.

Hanley Ramirez takes pitch off hand, leaves game

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Wednesday's game against the Giants after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

Andersen gets nod for Ducks' playoff opener

Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau declared rookie Frederik Andersen as the starter for Wednesday's Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal against the Dallas Stars.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
Experience Baylor summer camp - a 70 year tradition of summer fun and adventure. What are you waiting for? Make the most of summer by signing up today!
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
Register now for St. Nicholas summer camp whose mission & purpose is to provide a fun learning experience for children, developing physical, cultural, social and intellectual abilities.
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.