Gibson strong despite Twins’ loss in spring training opener

At Fort Myers, Florida, Austin Pruitt struck out three in two scoreless innings and Tim Beckham had two extra-base hits for Tampa Bay in a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Beckham, the top pick in the 2008 amateur draft, had a double and a triple and scored the Rays’ first run on Daniel Robertson’s single off Brandon Kintzler.

Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson, hoping to rebound from an injury-plagued season, threw 22 of 29 pitches for strikes and gave up a pair of hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Benji Gonzalez hit a home run for Minnesota’s only run of the game.