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SMASHING DEBUT

Twins score five runs in first inning to aid rookie pitcher Gibson in win over Royals

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson made his major-league debut on Saturday afternoon, going up against the Kansas City Royals in Minneapolis, Minn.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Kyle Gibson wasn’t dominant in his first major league start, but he still pitched well enough to make a bit of Minnesota Twins history and give the team a reason to be optimistic about the future of its pitching staff.
Four years after being Minnesota’s top pick in the 2009 draft, Gibson pitched six solid innings, and Trevor Plouffe homered to help the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Saturday.
The long road from draft day to starting pitcher included a Tommy John-surgery detour, but it ultimately ended with Gibson becoming Minnesota’s first first-round ...


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