09/16/07 4:36 PM ET
Notes: Loe likely done for season
Laird a late scratch; Washington sticks with platoon at third
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Rooting for the Red Sox: September is not meaningless for all of the Rangers. Kason Gabbard still has a shot at both some playoff money and a World Series ring.Gabbard, acquired from Boston on July 31, can get both if the Red Sox win the World Series. Yes, he is paying attention as his former team goes down the stretch. "It would be awesome," Gabbard said. "I'm pulling for them. I've got a lot of friends over there, and I'm just as much of a fan as anybody. I'm also hoping Dustin Pedroia gets Rookie of the Year. He deserves it." Gabbard's contribution to the Red Sox was not insignificant. He was 4-0 with a 3.73 ERA in seven starts before being traded to the Rangers. Pedro Astacio pitched just five games for the Red Sox in 2004 and still received a ring when they won the World Series. "I think it's up to the team, but I would love one," Gabbard said. Third-base platoon: With Oakland left-hander Lenny DiNardo on the mound, Travis Metcalf made his second start at third base on Sunday, but Ramon Vazquez will be back there with a right-hander pitching for the Twins on Monday. With Hank Blalock not ready to play the field, Washington said that he is going to stick with his platoon at third base the rest of the way. That attitude reflects the respect that Washington has for Vazquez and the job he has done this season. Washington sees Vazquez back next year as the Rangers' utility infielder. "I think he has been awesome," Washington said. "He has come up here and helped us in multiple situations and got some big hits. He's a professional. He has done a great job for us." He said it: "I have the same answer. I'll keep playing catch, and when my arm feels better, I'll play third base." --Blalock, who is still limited to designated hitter duty because of a sore arm Briefly: McCarthy has two starts left this season, and Washington said he'll likely continue to pitch in Instructional League to get his innings total up. ... Millwood, who leads the Rangers with 152 innings, has three starts left, and the Rangers will be without a starter with at least 200 innings for only the third time in a non-strike season. Jim Bibby had 180 1/3 innings in 1973, and Kenny Rogers had 195 1/3 innings in 2005. Up next: The Rangers open a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome on Monday at 7:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Volquez will make his fourth start for the Rangers against Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.