Boston Red Sox

Stadium: Fenway Park | Manager: John Farrell
Red Sox.2446341234.01
AL East Division5th3rd4th5th
American League 9th11th10th9th

Red Sox put the arm on Blue Jays again

The Sports Xchange
Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · Red Sox put the arm on Blue Jays again

The riddle of Daisuke Matsuzaka continued for the Red Sox on Monday.

One week after allowing seven runs in two innings of one of the worst starts of his five-year career with the Red Sox, Matsuzaka was simply dazzling in the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

The right-hander yielded only one hit, a first-inning single by Jose Bautista, walked only one and struck out three in seven economical innings of a 9-1 victory in the annual Patriots' Day matinee.

It marked the third consecutive stellar start for the Red Sox, who have won three straight games for the first time this season.

Right-hander Josh Beckett dominated the Blue Jays for seven innings on Saturday before ace left-hander Jon Lester turned in six strong innings Sunday.

Beckett, Lester and Matsuzaka allowed a total of two runs in 20 innings, a performance that Blue Jays' manager John Farrell would have loved over the last four seasons when he served as Red Sox pitching coach.

For Matsuzaka, the performance silenced critics who had been calling for his removal from the rotation after only two starts. He halved his ERA from 12.86 to 6.43 and posted only his third start of at least seven shutout innings since the start of the 2009 season.

Consider this reversal of fortune: Over his first two starts, Matsuzaka allowed 10 runs on 14 hits and five walks in seven innings. In seven scoreless innings against the Blue Jays, he gave up one hit.

What accounted for the stark difference?

"I know it sounds like a broken record, but really his location (was key)," pitching coach Curt Young said. "He had pretty decent stuff the other night, just in the middle of the plate, so I thought he brought that same stuff to the game today and same aggressive approach.

"Not going to get behind in the count and I think that was his goal again today. To be ahead in the count, get a lot of early action. It was really how it looked. A low pitch count, a lot of strikes and a lot of good action out of him."

Copyright (C) 2011 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
2014 Team Leaders
AVGDustin Pedroia , 2B.278
HRDavid Ortiz , DH35
RBIDavid Ortiz , DH104
OBPDavid Ortiz , DH.355
SLGDavid Ortiz , DH.517
RYoenis Cespedes , LF89
SBBrock Holt , 3B12
WClay Buchholz , SP8
ERAClay Buchholz , SP5.34
WHIPClay Buchholz , SP1.39
KClay Buchholz , SP132
SVKoji Uehara , RP26
Exclusive MLB Access
Get the latest news delivered right to your inbox. Sign up for the FREE MLB newsletters below.
I have read and agree to the CBS Interactive Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I understand I will receive updates from
Fantasy Games