BOSTON -- By mid-afternoon, he occupied Dana Kiecker's old locker and looked right at home in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse. So natural, it was easy to forget Mo Vaughn hadn't had a major-league at-bat.
Now he will get his chance. The Red Sox finally made the move yesterday they have been talking about for two weeks. They promoted Vaughn to the majors and -- in a surprise development -- manager Joe Morgan established a platoon system between Vaughn and Carlos Quintana at first base. Vaughn, 23, will play against righthanders and Quintana will play against lefties.
When asked if he was upset about the move, Quintana, who is hitting .295 with five homers and 29 RBIs, said, "a little." He has requested to talk to general manager Lou Gorman when the team arrives in Baltimore today for a three-game series. Anticipation of Vaughn's promotion reached a fever pitch lately, as the Red Sox offense has continued to misfire and Vaughn has been cranking out significant numbers at Pawtucket -- .278 average, 14 homers, 50 RBIs.