BOSTON, June 29 (UPI) -- Gabe Kapler, released last week by Colorado, quickly made his mark in Boston Saturday.
Kapler, who took the roster spot of Jeremy Giambi, went 4-for-5 and has three RBI in his Red Sox debut, a 10-9 loss to Florida. Giambi was placed on the 15-day disabled list with bursitis in his left shoulder.
Kapler signed a minor league contract on Thursday and has been with Double-A Portland of the Eastern League just two days before being called up to the parent club.
"It was special to have them give me the kind of support I really haven't received," Kapler said. "It was a little overwhelming. At the same time, the adjective I would use would be gratitude. That was the feeling I had."
With the Rockies, he hit just .224 with no homers and four RBI in 67 at-bats. In his first game with Boston, he came a home run short of the cycle, hitting two doubles, a single, and a triple.