Sunday, April 17, 2016

Gibson, Twins seek sweep vs. Tropeano, Angels

Hurlers headed in opposite directions to start the season square off at Target Field on Sunday when Nick Tropeano and Kyle Gibson meet in the series finale.
Tropeano looks to build off his stellar season debut when he was victorious in Oakland on April 11, blanking the A's over five innings while striking out six. He made one career relief appearance at Target Field last September and worked a scoreless frame.
Gibson, on the other hand, has absorbed losses in his first two outings of the season for Minnesota. His second start against the White Sox, was an improvement from the opener, as he surrendered one earned run in 5 2/3 innings.
Minnesota is looking to Gibson for its third straight win after starting the season 0-9. Los Angeles (5-6) would climb back to .500 with a win.
Three things to know about this game
• Gibson didn't fare particularly well in two starts against the Halos last season, going 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA. Over his career, he's winless against the Angels, posting a 7.18 ERA in five starts.
• CJ Cron and Mike Trout have enjoyed the greatest success among Angels hitters against Gibson, albeit in a small sample size. Cron is 3-for-7, while Trout is 3-for-8 with a homer and three RBIs. Albert Pujols is the only other Angels batter to go deep off Gibson.
• The Twins' sample size against Tropeano is even smaller, as they have a combined three plate appearances against him.

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