Matsuzaka Stifles Indians, But Puts Red Sox In Tough Predicament

Posted: 3rd October 2009 by Nick Poust in MLB
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka had a nightmarish first five months of the season. He was roughed up in his first three starts, allowing twelve runs in eleven innings, and it only got worse. The former 18-game winner had two effective starts, but then fell completely apart, relinquishing five, four, and six runs over his final three June outings. At this juncture of the season, the Japanese righthander had failed to log six innings in any start, and had, overall, compiled a 1-5 record with a 8.23 Earned Run Average. The Red Sox shelved Mastuzaka, placing him on the 15-day disabled list with what they diagnosed as ôshoulder fatigue.ö He spent ten days on that version of the disabled list, then was moved to the 60-day variety. The team moved on without him, and were help ...

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