Gabbard with the Boston Red Sox
|Born: April 8, 1982|
|July 22, 2006, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 27, 2008, for the Texas Rangers|
|Earned run average||4.53|
A 29th-round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2000, Gabbard started the 2006 season with Boston's Double-A affiliate Portland and posted a 9-2 record with a 2.57 ERA in 13 starts. Promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on June 23, he went 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA in five starts. He earned a promotion to the Boston Red Sox on July 21 to replace Tim Wakefield, who was placed on the disabled list. In his major league debut on July 22, he allowed two earned runs in 52⁄3 innings to the Seattle Mariners and was charged with a loss. Gabbard's first major league win was on September 5 against the Chicago White Sox. Gabbard pitched seven shutout innings, surrendering three hits and striking out six in a 1-0 Red Sox win.
Gabbard became the ninth rookie to pitch for the Red Sox in the 2006 season, joining Abe Alvarez, Craig Breslow, Manny Delcarmen, Craig Hansen, Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon, David Pauley, and Jermaine Van Buren. He also became the third Triple-A recall to move into Boston's rotation in six weeks, joining Kyle Snyder and Lester. They replaced David Wells and Matt Clement, who had gone on the disabled list. Likewise, Gabbard joined Pauley as one of two Boston starters to have begun the 2006 season in Double-A Portland.
Gabbard was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to pitch on May 20, 2007, against Atlanta in place of Josh Beckett. He had a good performance allowing 2 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings and got the win. He was then immediately optioned back to Pawtucket after the game. Gabbard started on June 26, 2007, against Seattle in place of Curt Schilling, who was placed on the disabled list. Gabbard had a sub-par performance, earning a no decision, and lasted only 31⁄3 innings allowing 4 runs on 6 hits while walking six and striking out two. Gabbard performed well in his third start of the season on July 2, 2007, allowing three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out five, earning the win.
Gabbard made his Ranger debut on August 2, 2007, against the Cleveland Indians. He was pinned for the loss as the Indians won the game 5-0. Less than three weeks later, on August 22, Gabbard was the winning pitcher in a game where the Rangers outscored the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored in a game in the modern era.
On May 8, 2008, in a game against the Seattle Mariners, Gabbard was charged on the mound by Seattle's Richie Sexson. Sexson threw his batting helmet at Gabbard after Gabbard's head-high pitch towards Sexson. Sexson later stated he was frustrated and had a lot going on in his head, including his club's recent struggles. Sexson was suspended six games for the incident, but he successfully appealed it and the suspension was dropped to five games.
On April 22, Darren O'Day made his Rangers debut, but he was so new that his jersey had yet to arrive, so he was forced to borrow Gabbard's jersey.
As of July 24, 2010, the Boston Red Sox released Gabbard, making him a free agent.
Gabbard has the standard repertoire of fastball, curveball, and changeup, occasionally throwing a slider. Gabbard's fastball hits the high-80s, his changeup works the best low and away on right-handed hitters, and his slow curveball is especially effective against lefties. Not a power strikeout pitcher, Gabbard has been compared to Mark Buehrle and Kenny Rogers.
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- MLB – Kansas City Royals/Boston Red Sox Recap Monday July 16, 2007 – Yahoo! Sports
- Thirty Runs Later, Rangers Finish Off the Orioles
- Richie Sexson suspended for six games by MLB
- Rangers Assign Gabbard to Oklahoma City Yahoo! Sports, March 31, 2009
- Rangers deal Gabbard back to Sox
- "Kason Gabbard Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2014-01-19.