Kason Gabbard pitched nine innings of near perfection Monday night at Fenway Park, and home runs by Papi and Manny and Peds powered the Sox to a quick 4-0 victory. This is from the Courant.........
"It was the first nine-inning shutout by a Red Sox rookie at Fenway Park since Roger Clemens in 1984 and first by a rookie lefthander at Fenway since Roger Moret in 1971. Rookie Devern Hansack threw a five-inning shutout in the 2006 season finale.
Overall, it was the first nine-inning shutout by a Sox rookie since Paul Quantrill 14 years ago in Seattle and first by a Sox rookie lefty since John Curtis in Cleveland 35 years ago."
And this is from the Hub Herald.......
"If all goes according to plan, Curt Schilling could return from the disabled list in two weeks. Last night, Kason Gabbard made an emphatic statement that he has no intention to merely occupy a spot in the rotation until Schilling resurfaces. (YES!!!)
The 25-year-old Gabbard turned in the staff’s second-best pitching performance of the season by holding the Kansas City Royals to only three hits in a 4-0 Red Sox win."
Using pinpoint location and following Tek's pitch selection calls to perfection, Gabbard solidified his hold on the number five slot in the rotation, and he should stay there when Schill comes back by month's end (sorry Tavy). Any other move makes no sense to me. He threw just 107 pitches, giving up three hits and striking out 8 in his nine innings of work. It will be great to see him out there every fifth day.....anything else would be a huge mistake. Theo, can ya hear me?
Tonight it's Timmy Wakefield, winner of his last three starts, facing KC's rookie Leo Nunez. And click on the title for the latest on Curt Schilling, who should be pitching on or near July 31 after two rehab starts with Pawtucket. What a shot in the arm that will be! Click on the title for more. Have a great Tuesday, and thanks for stopping by. GO SOX!