The Sideline – July 27

Twins option Gibson to Triple-A Rochester

Just days after helping the Minnesota Twins win against the Detroit Tigers, starting pitcher and Greenfield native Kyle Gibson is headed back to Triple-A.

The Twins optioned the right-hander to Rochester on Tuesday, hours after acquiring lefty Jaime Garcia in a trade with the Atlanta Braves.

Gibson worked 7.1 innings in his most recent appearance for the Twins on Saturday, allowing five hits and three earned runs. The start dropped his ERA, which sat at 6.29 before the game, to 6.08 through 18 starts. He is 6-8 with the Twins this year, compiling 62 strikeouts and 45 walks in 94.2 innings.

This is Gibson’s second stint with Triple-A Rochester this season, but despite the move he will remain a starting pitcher.

“I want to keep Kyle ready as opposed to putting him in the bullpen,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “If something were to happen to our rotation, I’d rather have him taking his regular turn down there for the Red Wings.”

In two starts for the Red Wings this season, Gibson amassed 18 strikeouts and walked only four batters in 12.1 innings while allowing four runs and 12 hits. Despite losing both of his decisions, Gibson has a 2.92 ERA with Rochester.

Gibson must stay with the Red Wings at least until Aug. 4, when he would take his normal turn on the mound.


Wings rally back to beat Fever

ARLINGTON, Texas — Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 21 points to lead the Dallas Wings to a late comeback and 84-82 win against the Indiana Fever at College Park Center. Dallas won its third straight home game in what was the first game for both teams following the WNBA All-Star Break.

Dallas overcame a 63-53 deficit Tuesday after three quarters to rally to a win in the final minute of regulation, getting past a Fever club that shot better than 50 percent for the game.

Briann January paced Indiana with 16 points. Natalie Achonwa was perfect on three shots and added seven free throws for 13 points. Dupree added 12 points for Indiana, and Tiffany Mitchell contributed 10.

Indiana returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday to host the New York Liberty at 7 p.m.


Giants trade infielder Nunez to Red Sox

SAN FRANCISCO — Infielder Eduardo Nunez was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night for minor-league right-handers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

The deal was finalized during San Francisco’s 11-3 win against Pittsburgh and announced after the game.

Nunez hit .308 in 76 games with San Francisco this season and has reached base safely in 40 of his last 42 games. Nunez drove in 31 runs and had a team-high 17 stolen bases.