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BOSTON -- After Triple-A Rochester played in a 16-inning game on Tuesday, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he wanted to see right-hander Kyle Gibson take it upon himself to turn in a strong outing for the Red Wings.

And Gibson, ranked as the Twins' No. 4 prospect, did just that, as he threw a four-hit shutout against Toledo with eight strikeouts to improve his ERA to 3.22 in seven starts.

"How about that? Isn't that ironic?" Ryan said. "That's a good thing to hear or see. His line was impressive. That's kind of what everyone was waiting for. He finally pieced one together."

But Ryan added that he would like to see Gibson keep improving, as he's not ready for his big league debut just yet.

"As soon as those guys tell me he's ready then I'll give it some consideration," Ryan said. "But one outing does make a promotion."

Gibson's strong outing comes on the heels of left-hander Pedro Hernandez struggling in his last two starts. Hernandez lasted just two innings against the Red Sox on Wednesday, giving up six runs on seven hits to see his ERA balloon from 3.92 to 5.96.

But Ryan and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire both said Hernandez will remain in the rotation and start on Monday against the White Sox.

"Absolutely, I do," Gardenhire said when asked if Hernandez will make his next start. "Until somebody tells me differently."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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