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SEA@MIN: Gibson pitches seven solid innings

After a two-game sweep over the Padres in San Diego, the Twins head north for more Interleague action against the Giants in a three-game series that begins Friday at AT&T Park.

Right-hander Kyle Gibson gets the start for the Twins in the series opener, while the Giants counter with right-hander Tim Lincecum.

Gibson has posted a 4.20 ERA in eight starts this season and fared well in his last outing May 16 against the Mariners. The right-hander gave up just one run on six hits and two walks over seven innings to get his fourth win.

It was the first win for Gibson since April 17, and he said he used his sinker to his advantage like he did early in the season, when he opened the year with a 3-0 record and a 0.93 ERA through his first three starts.

"It's always good to be on the winning side of a game," Gibson said. "The defense did a great job behind me and I got a lot of ground balls. Good to see that again."

Lincecum, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back quality starts to lower his ERA to 4.74. He went six innings against the Marlins on Saturday, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks.

But he was saddled with a tough-luck loss, as the Giants were shut out that game and Lincecum fell to 3-3 on the year.

"It was a quality start, three runs, six innings," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's not bad. The way we're swinging the bat, you take your chances with that, but we just got shut down offensively."

Twins: Pelfrey to make rehab start Friday
Right-hander Mike Pelfrey, on the 15-day disabled list since May 2 with a strained groin, is scheduled to make his second rehab start with Triple-A Rochester on Friday. His first rehab outing went well, as he gave up just one run on five hits and a walk over five innings May 16.

Pelfrey is expected to make at least one more rehab start after Friday, as the Twins want to make sure he's healthy and see him regain some confidence after his early season struggles. Pelfrey had a 7.99 ERA in five starts before he was placed on the DL.

Giants: Posey returns to action
Buster Posey, who was held out of the starting lineup against the Rockies on Tuesday and Wednesday with nerve irritation in his lower back, started at catcher in Thursday's 2-2 rain-suspended game at Colorado. He went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

Additionally, Bochy said that sidelined second baseman Marco Scutaro is expected to rest for a week after recently receiving an injection that was meant to accelerate the healing process in his ailing back. Scutaro is expected to continue his regimen at the Giants' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Worth noting
• The Twins last played at AT&T Park in 2011, losing two out of three to the Giants. Lincecum pitched in that series, throwing seven scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts to get the win in the third game of the series.

• Twins outfielder Sam Fuld, who has been on the seven-day concussion disabled list since May 8, still has yet to begin baseball activities, according to assistant general manager Rob Antony. Fuld has progressed to doing cardio but will need to remain symptom-free for a few more days before he starts baseball activities.

• Twins left fielder Josh Willingham, who is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7 with a small fracture in his left wrist, went 0-for-4 at the plate in his fifth rehab game with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. He's hitting just .111 (2-for-18) with a double and an RBI so far on his rehab assignment. Antony said Willingham will have to find his timing at the plate and be more productive before he's activated from the DL.

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