Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 4-0

It may not be the best way to measure Kason Gabbard's progress with the Red Sox -- last night's 4-0, three-hit, complete-game win over the Kansas City Royals is a better barometer -- but it's the funniest.

Gabbard was the guy, you may recall, that Terry Francona encountered in a Fort Myers eatery in spring training a year ago, belatedly determined that he was a player, and sent over a beer and a apology when he figured out who he was.

"When he first came up," Francon...