Dice-K comes off DL, keys BoSox shutout
And he gave the Los Angeles
Matsuzaka returned from a three-month stint on the DL with six shutout innings on Tuesday night to lead the
“We’re in the middle of a playoff race, and we don’t have a lot of leeway,” said Matsuzaka, who hadn’t pitched for Boston since June 19 and hadn’t won since June 2. “I just want to do my best to contribute.”
An 18-game winner last year, Matsuzaka (2-5) did not allow a hit through four innings and got a standing ovation when he was relieved after one batter in the seventh. In all, Matsuzaka gave up three hits and three walks while striking out five for his first win at Fenway in almost a year.
“I’ve been a burden on my teammates. I feel that I owe them,” he said. “There’s not much left in the season. In the limited opportunity I do have, I want to show my appreciation to my teammates and the fans.”
Lackey gave up three runs – two earned – on eight hits and three walks, striking out six and leaving after
That hasn’t worked out too well for the
“People see it as the Boston
Matsuzaka was the MVP of the World Baseball Classic for the second time this spring, but he never found his form when the season started. He failed to complete six innings in any of his eight starts and had an 8.23 ERA when he was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder problems on June 21.
“The way he pitched shocked all of us,” Hunter said. “Really good for the first time since June 19th.”
“Long-term, it was very important” that Matsuzaka regain his form, Francona said. “Hopefully, it will give us a shot in the arm in the short term also.”
Matsuzaka left with a 2-0 lead and received a standing ovation when he was pulled after walking
“In the last start, I left amid some boos,” he said. “So to be able to experience that I am very grateful for the fans response today.’
Lackey matched Matsuzaka by allowing just three hits through five, but
Bay walked one out later to load the bases before Ortiz hit a sinking liner to left that