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Game 35: Twins at Angels

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Kyle Gibson and the Twins hope to tip an even series in their favor.

Gibson works on his newly-patented squat-fingered fastball.
Gibson works on his newly-patented squat-fingered fastball.
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First Pitch: 8:07 PM CDT
TV: FSN
Radio: WCCO 830, TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Halos Heaven

Tonight, the Minnesota Twins will send surprising staff ace Kyle Gibson out to the mind in an attempt to take the series lead against the Angels.

So far this season, Gibby has only had one outing that could be classified as "bad," that outing coming on April 11th against Houston, where he gave up five runs in less than five innings pitched. (The Twins won anyway.) In his other starts, he's been able to limit runs, hits, and balls in play. Gibson is working with a 3.49 ERA, 3.10 FIP, 6.8 H/9, and 10.2 K/9 -- that's contributed to a 124 ERA+, and all of those numbers that I listed are the best marks in those categories for anybody in the rotation.

Gibson's opponent is righty Nick Tropeano, who is just coming off of the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. This will be his first start since the first of the month, when he shut out Baltimore through over six innings. Tropeano features a splitter and a sinker and sits in the high 80s with most of his straight offerings.

GO TWINS GO!!!