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Daisuke Matsuzaka made his long awaited return to the mound Friday night in his first start since April 14. Dice-K spent more than a month on the DL due to right arm fatigue, which stemmed from his stupid involvment in the World Baseball Classic for Team Japan. Of course, in Dice-K’s return, he gets to square off against the best pitcher in the major leagues, Johan Santana.
Dice-K held his own against the Mets, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks in five innings pitched. Meanwhile, despite three Mets errors, Santana was very effective, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in seven strong innings. He tossed eight K’s and earned the win in the 5-3 victory for the Mets.
Jason Varitek, C: Varitek continued his strong season, going 2-4 with a solo HR (his eighth). He also reached on an error that scored two runs in the fourth inning. Credit Tek for hitting it hard, as he was responsible for all three Red Sox runs, though only got credit for one.
David Ortiz, DH: I’m going to call Ortiz out for going 0-4 with three strikeouts and a double play, but he’s a lefty who typically doesn’t fare well against lefthanded pitching. This is especially true when the lefthander you’re facing is Johan Santana. Still, I would’ve liked to have seen Ortiz with a single, instead of arguing with the umpire on a called third strike.
W: Johan Santana (6-2)
L: Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2)