(Yes, I know this has my byline on it, but I'm just helping Dan out by posting it for him. So here's the news for today...)
By Dan Shaughnessy
The Red Sox today confirmed what the Globe's Gordon Edes reported early Friday and that is that lefty Kason Gabbard will make the start Tuesday in Seattle. Terry Francona reasoned that this might be a 2-3 start asssignment and the Sox didn't want to interrupt the comeback routine of lefty Jon Lester. Francona said the club talked to Lester about the move.
Not much change in the lineup today. Alex Cora is playing second base, batting second, in place of Duston Pedroia. Julio Lugo is batting eighth, lugginig an 0-23 slump into the game. Lugo is 2-3 lifetime againist Jake Peavy. Mike Lowell is 4-8 with two homers. Peavy has given up only one homer and has fanned 110 in 100 innings.
The Red Sox contingent of front office employees will travel to Long Beach after the game for a red-eye flight back to Boston. They arrive Monday morning and are expected to be at work by 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Dice K pitches Wednesday in Seattle. Should be a very big deal. And if he wins, he'll be on pace for a 20-win season.