// Daisuke Matsuzaka

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 8: Lars Anderson HR Smashes Scoreboard

The Pawtucket Red Sox returned home to McCoy Stadium this week after struggling on a Southern swing. This past week, the hitting surged while the pitching struggled, as the Sox scored over 6.5 runs per game, but gave up over 4.5 runs per game. Darnell McDonald began his rehab stint on Friday. Through three games, […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 6: Podsednik Makes Good First Impression

The Pawtucket Red Sox just keep on tearing through the International League. A 6-1 week against three different teams expanded the Sox’ lead in the IL North from one half to three games. Daisuke Matsuzaka made his second rehab start, but Boston manager Bobby Valentine was unimpressed and announced that Daisuke would be making two […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 5: Daisuke Dominant in Return

It was quite an exciting week for the Pawtucket Red Sox. After slipping just out of first place due to a 1-7 slide, the Sox roared back with four wins in four days in four different cities to reclaim the penthouse. McCoy Stadium hosted another rehab on Monday, with Daisuke Matsuzaka making his first start […]

Dice-K: Was it Worth the Hype and Money?

Daisuke Matsuzaka cost the Boston Red Sox over $100 million, with $51.1 million allotted for the posting fee and another $52 million for the six-year contract. With only 49 wins in 105 starts to go along with a 4.25 earned run average, the $100 million seems like a little bit too much for that production. […]

Book Review: “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach

Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding tells the tale of Westish College, a D-III school in northwest Wisconsin. Their athletic program has historically been about as successful as any tiny, unheard-of school ever is, but that changes when catcher Mike Schwartz discovers defensive wunderkind Henry Skrimshander one summer and convinces him to come to Westish […]

Red Sox 2012 Starting Rotation Preview: Mystery Pitcher #5

The Red Sox sure made things easy by not acquiring an obvious fifth starting pitcher. On a not completely unrelated note, here are some pitchers who will probably attempt to start games for the Red Sox this year: Felix Doubront: This seems like a somewhat logical choice. He’s young (24) and a lefty. He’s also […]

Could the Red Sox Double Down on Yu Darvish?

The 2011 Boston Red Sox were in distress: the team missed the playoffs, had key free agents departing with no clear answers on the farm, and a starting rotation that while hyped at the start of the season, with the addition of a good Josh Beckett, finished by under-performing. In 2006 this solution included a […]

Red Sox Erred in Firing Francona, Should Cut Epstein Loose

It’s too late to undo firing Terry Francona, a rash decision born from the kind of rabid bloodlust that few fanbases besides Boston’s are capable of. But if John Henry wants to cut out the true cause of the Red Sox’s historic collapse, he needs to go one level higher and axe Theo Epstein. Player […]

Andrew Miller Looking to Find Comfort Zone in Boston

The Red Sox sure have perfected the whole “easing young starting pitchers in” routine. I like to call them the Quadruple-A starts. Try your luck at the gutter dwellers of the major leagues before testing out Sunday night baseball in the Bronx. If you can keep Robert Andino guessing in the box, maybe you’re ready […]

Daisuke Matsuzaka: From Posting Fee to Tommy John Surgery

The spring of 2006 marked an important moment in baseball history: the first World Baseball Classic tournament was held. An international tournament designed to counteract the loss of baseball from the Olympics, expand the game to new markets, and give baseball a global stage similar to soccer’s World Cup. The first (and in 2009, the […]

Matsuzaka to the 60-Day DL, Tommy John Surgery Likely… Does Anyone Care?

The Boston Red Sox placed Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 60-day DL Friday. Although the team has not said this definitively, multiple sources have told Boston Globe writer Pete Abraham that Matsuzaka will undergo Tommy John surgery. With only one more year on his contract, the surgery and its 15-month minimum recovery period means that Matsuzaka […]

Youkilis and Gonzalez Power Red Sox to 9-5 Victory over Twins

After making his first relief appearance during the thirteen inning, rain-delayed marathon Wednesday night, Daisuke Matsuzaka entered Sunday’s game coming off a one inning outing where he allowed two runs and took the loss. With a recent history of success, including 2007’s Mother’s Day Miracle against the Orioles, the Red Sox looked to build upon […]

A Red Sox-Angels Game or the Boston Marathon?

The Red Sox fans who decided to deal with all the rain did not leave Fenway Park happy last night (or should we say this morning!).  In a game that took 13 innings to finish, the LA Angels of Anaheim defeated the Red Sox 5-3. The game started Wednesday night around 7:05pm and the last […]

Live Blog: Red Sox vs. Seattle, Friday April 29

Live Blog: Seattle 5, Boston 4. The Mariners beat the Red Sox 5-4 Friday night. Read on for a full live blog of the game… Pregame: Which Matsuzaka will we get tonight– the dominant one of his last two starts, or the guy who was slapped all over the park by the Cleveland Indians? The […]

Dice-K Dominant Again as Red Sox Shut Out Angels 5-0

The last time Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed zero earned runs in two straight outings was back on July 7th and 13th of 2008. Back then, the Red Sox were the defending champions, and Manny Ramirez was still patrolling left field in Boston. George W. Bush was still president. Tom Brady had short hair. Dice-K followed up […]