Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Gabbard Shines in Shutout

Game Date: July 16, 2007
Red Sox 4, Royals 0 / Box Score
WP: Gabbard (3-0), LP: Bannister (5-6)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 39-53

Brian Bannister was pumped about his first start in Fenway Park. The Red Sox looked equally excited to see him. They hit three home runs against him in six innings and that was all they needed. Their own rookie, Kason Gabbard, threw a three-hit shutout. Emil Brown got two of the hits and Reggie Sanders, just back from the DL, got the other one in a pinch-hitting role. Not much else to say about this one.

The Dodgers are reportedly interested in obtaining Octavio Dotel as a set up man for Takashi Saito. They also want Dotel in case Saito stumbles. The Royals are asking for outfielder Matt Kemp or first baseman James Loney. Kemp is hitting .375 with 4 HR and 17 RBI for the Dodgers this season in 37 games. Kemp is just 22 and the Dodgers aren't showing a lot of interest in moving him. Loney, who is 23, is hitting .383 with 3 HR and 17 RBI in just 28 games, and the Dodgers probably won't give him up either.

Reggie Sanders is on the market and he knows it.

Out starting rotation took another blow when John Thompson was placed on the 15-day DL. Leo Nunez will take his place in the rotation. Let's hope that Nunez finds more success in the rotation than he has out of the pen. His career ERA is 6.99 with a 1.66 WHIP and .324 BAA in 48 appearances for the Royals.

Luke Hochevar got hit hard on Sunday while playing for Omaha. He gave up five runs, including three home runs, in five innings.

Tonight, Leo Nunez will make the first start of his career. He'll go up against Tim Wakefield (10-8, 4.47) who is 10-5 with a 3.66 ERA in his career against the Royals.

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