The Closer: Kason And The Argonauts

Notes from a day in baseball:

1. Heart And Soul. Kason "Not A Typo" Gabbard helped the Red Sox pull themselves up by their own stirrups with a three-hitter over seven innings, as Boston beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0. It was the first major league victory for Gabbard (1-3) and also marked the retiurn of Big Papi Ortiz, who celebrated by going hitless. He got a standing ovation anyway, which is cool.

2. Kansas City Star, That's What I Are. (Yodel-eedle-aidy, You Oughta See My Car) ... The Royals' bullpen, which just Monday had surrendered a 10-run inning to the Yankees, blanked that same NY team over 3 1/3 on Tuesday en route to a 5-0 victory. Todd Wellemeyer, who actually pitched all 3 1/3, struck out Derek Jeter with the bases loaded to end the game. How did Mike Mussina fare in his return from the DL? Don't ask.

3. Then Came Bronson. We're still enjoying this photo this morning, almost forgetting that the subject, Bronson Arroyo, tossed a three-hitter for his first career shutout, a 3-0 win over the Giants. Ken Griffey Jr. out "indefinitely" with a broken toe, by the way.

4. Slip Slidin' Away. The Dodgers continued their return to earth on Tuesday with a 9-0 loss to the Brewers, LA's third straight, as Milwaukee's Doug Davis pitched a four-hitter and Corey Hart drove in a career-high six runs. The Dodgers have been outscored 27-8 in their past three games.

5. One Hot Piazza, With The Works. Mike Piazza hit his 417th career home run, and Cla "Not A Typo" Meredith extended his scoreless streak to 27 1/3 innings, as the Padres beat the Rockies 5-4, creeping to within one game of the NL West-leading Dodgers.