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The 2008 version of Daisuke Matsuzaka is making its way back. Dice-K looked to be back in his old form and as sharp as ever on Tuesday night, as he led the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Matsuzaka pitched seven strong innings, allowing only three baserunners and striking out nine.
In 2009, Matsuzaka was sidelined for the majority of the year with injuries and was only able to start 12 games, amassing to a record of 4-6 with a 5.76 ERA. The beginning of this season has been a bit shaky for him, as his ERA was at a less than stellar 9.90 entering the game.
For at least one night though, Dice-K return to his 18-game winner form from 2008 and rolled his way through the Toronto batting order, earning his second win of the year.
The Boston offense showed up again and brought their total runs scored on the current homestand to an impressive 64 runs in nine games. While avergaing just over seven runs a game in that time, the Red Sox have put together a record of 7-3 in their last ten games, bringing them to an 18-16 record.
Amazingly, the Red Sox have turned their young season around in two simple weeks. At 11-13, nothing seemed to being going right for Boston. Now, ten games later and in the middle of a 7-2 homestand, with the exception of two losses to the Yankees, the Red Sox are pushing aside their opponents with ease.
Jason Varitek led the charge offensively, going 2-3 with a solo home run in the second inning. The rest of the Rex Sox lineup only strung together six more hits, but the upside is they are finding ways to get on base. Finding a positive through a negative, Boston left 18 men on base tonight. They are starting to do more and more right, and it’s just a matter of time until the big hits start to come.
Watch out AL East. The Sox are about to arrive.