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Baseball Wrap: Gibson still in rotation battle

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After another strong outing Wednesday, Greenfield-Central graduate Kyle Gibson remains in contention for the fifth spot in the Minnesota Twins starting rotation.

In Minnesota’s 3-1 loss to St. Louis Wednesday, Gibson started and pitched four and one-third innings, allowing four hits and one run. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out four and had no walks.

“I think I’ve done a good job the last three weeks making sure I’m game-ready,” Gibson told MLB.com. “I feel like I’ve made the adjustments I needed to make this offseason, and at this point it’s the front office’s job to decide who they want and in what spot, and hopefully I’m one of those guys.”

In 13 and one-third innings this spring, Gibson has yielded 10 hits and three walks while striking out 10. His ERA went from 3.00 to 2.70 after Wednesday’s performance.

Sam Deduno, Scott Diamond and Vance Worley, Gibson’s competition for the fifth spot, have struggled. However, those three are out of minor league options, meaning they can’t be sent down without being possibly lost to another team.

Gibson underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in September 2011, and made his way through rehab to earn his first MLB start last season. He threw 51 innings with the Twins, going 2-4 in 10 starts with a 6.53 ERA.

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