Gabbard Braves Spot Start for Sox

The Red Sox sat through another rainy afternoon yesterday, but eventually were able to get the game in and defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-3 at Fenway Park. Kason Gabbard picked up the win for Boston with 5+ innings of fairly impressive pitching.

Michael Silverman notes that this was three series in a row that the Red Sox won on this 10 game homestand. Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox preaching the one-game-at-a-time mantra after the game in anticipation of the series with the Yankees that starts tonight. Paul Kenyon has Gabbard dealing with a roller-coaster afternoon of emotions in picking up the win. David Heuschkel says that the Red Sox appear to be a team without many worries after the win and heading into a series with the Yankees. Ron Chimelis has the Red Sox rolling along after their latest win. Phil O’Neill has Gabbard coming up for a spot start and out-pitching Tim Hudson for the win. Jeff Howe as Gabbard and the Sox rolling over the Braves.

Gerry Callahan (remember him?) says that the Red Sox should keep Mike Lowell next season and not pursue ARod in the offseason. He says that is a sign of how bad things have gotten for the Yankees. Bob Ryan examines the Yankees struggles, and after acknowledging the theory that a New York Post writer put forth – Joe Torre isn’t the same without Don Zimmer on the bench next to him – Ryan notes that the players aren’t the same, either. Steve Buckley complains that this latest Red Sox/Yankees series lacks the usual “pizzazz.” Lenny Megliola has the Red Sox downplaying this series with the Yankees. Karen Guregian has the Red Sox focusing on themselves and not what any other team (the Yankees) is doing. Chimelis has a look at the family clause for Clemens causing a little stir among the Yankee clubhouse, but noting that the Yankees are “far from out of it” still.

Rob Bradford says that a good part of Kevin Youkilis’ success this season can be attributed to the fact that his foot is finally healthy. The Red Sox first baseman had suffered from plantar fasciitis last season, and even dating back to the end of 2005. Alex Speier looks at life on Planet Papelbon. Joe Haggertyhas Jason Varitek’s triple powering the Red Sox offense yesterday. Christopher L. Gasper has a look at the one-and-done performance of Kason Gabbard, who pitched very well in his one start before being sent back to Pawtucket. Bradford has Braves’ Jarrod Saltalamacchia talking about his childhood and high school teammate, Kason Gabbard, who picked up the win for the Red Sox yesterday.

Silverman’s notebook has Manny Delcarmen getting called up from Pawtucket following the game, with Gabbard getting sent back down. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Delcarmen getting the call from the minors, having turned things around since a disastrous outing not too long ago. The Projo notebook has Gabbard being rewarded for his start with a return to Pawtucket. Heuschkel’s notebook has the Red Sox on guard heading into this series with the Yankees. Chimelis’ notebook has the Red Sox declining to show any bravado prior to their series with New York. O’Neill’s notebook has the Yankees searching for some mojo heading into their series with the Red Sox.

Celtics
Peter May kindly reminds us all of what happened in the NBA draft lottery 10 years ago when Tim Duncan was the prize and the Celtics had the best odds of landing him. Steve Bulpett has Tommy Heinsohn hoping to bring the Celtics some good fortune as he represents the club at the draft lottery tomorrow night. Jim Donaldson says that the Celtics could use a little luck tomorrow night. Tim Weisberg looks at the top three picks of the NBA draft in each of the last 10 years, and the huge gap between the first and third picks.

Misc
David Scott parses the Globe press release from Friday night that announced Ron Borges’ “retirement” from the paper.

Shalise Manza Young has Randy Moss making a good first impression with the Patriots.