Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson won his season debut Saturday, allowing one earned run in five innings in a 7-3 victory over Cleveland.
Gibson gave up only three hits with four walks and three strikeouts against the host Indians. The Greenfield-Central graduate threw 97 pitches, 53 for strikes.
The win also served as the 1,000th career coaching win for Minnesota skipper Ron Gardenhire.
“Everyone in this clubhouse loves to play for Gardy,’” Gibson told the Daily Reporter Monday. “He is a players’ manager and makes it a good environment to be in.
“I was honored to be on the field and a part of getting him that win. That was and will always be his win, and I was lucky enough to be a part of it.”
Gardenhire became the 10th manager in major league history to win 1,000 games with the same team.
Gibson, who is scheduled to start Friday at home vs. Kansas City, walked two in the third when he allowed his only run. But Gibson got Nick Swisher to ground into a double play to end the frame without major damage.
Gibson was one of three Hancock County area celebrities, along with IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox and Greenfield schools superintendent Linda Gellert, to correctly predict two Final Four teams in the Daily Reporter’s NCAA contest. Gibson was the only local notable to put Kentucky in the Final Four, and he also picked the Wildcats as his national champs. None of the 22 guest predictors had Connecticut in the Final Four.
Indiana University East sophomore and Eastern Hancock graduate Connor Kramer is the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s tennis player of the week, the league said Monday.
Kramer posted a team-best 4-2 combined record in singles and doubles last week. Kramer was 2-1 at No. 1 doubles and at No. 2 singles in the Red Wolves’ matches against Defiance, Asbury and Oakland City.
Kramer is 4-2 for the season in both singles and doubles.
New Palestine HS will host athletic physical night from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 in the auxiliary gymnasium. Fee is $25, with checks made out to NPHS. Prospective 2014-15 athletes need to pick up pre-physical packets in the athletic office. Incoming freshmen can do so at Doe Creek Middle School’s athletic office. Packets need to be completed and signed prior to attendance.
HANCOCK VS. SHELBY
The Hancock County vs. Shelby County All-Star basketball game presented by the Lions Club will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. at New Palestine High School.
Admission is $6.
The girls-boys doubleheader benefits Families United for Support and Encouragement (FUSE).
The Harlem Wizards will appear at New Palestine High School on Monday, April 28. Tipoff is 7 p.m.
Advance tickets are on sale in the bookstore during school hours — $8 for students and $10 for adults, which is a $2 discount from the door price. Proceeds benefit the journalism department.