Daisuke Matsuzaka experienced one shaky inning last night, but it was enough, as the Red Sox could only muster a single run off of Gustavo Chacin and lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 last night.
Gordon Edes has a look at Matsuzaka pitching well, striking out 10 in six innings, but unable to overcome some adversity in the fourth inning, as Chacin improved to 6-0 against the Red Sox. Jeff Horrigan has Dice-K getting a bit flustered in the fourth inning, and losing his focus just enough to cost him the lead and the game. Steven Krasner has Matsuzaka getting on a roll last night, but experiencing just the one hiccup that drops him to 1-2 on the season. Jeff Goldberg notes that five batters were enough to spoil an otherwise dominating night for Matsuzaka. Bill Ballou has more on the loss for Dice-K and the Red Sox.
John Tomase says that the early book on Matsuzaka is that he is a different pitcher with runners on base. Amalie Benjamin has more on the rough fourth inning for Matsuzaka and the Red Sox. Krasner has Julian Tavarez eager to get back out on the mound tomorrow after having not pitched since April 7th.
Krasner also looks at a few key plays on one of those nights for the Red Sox. Joe McDonald notes that Devern Hansack has seemed like the real deal thus far for the PawSox. Tomase also looks at the Blue Jays having to deal with injuries early on in the season, but not letting it get them down.
Edes’ notebook has the ever-accessible J.P. Ricciardi staying positive despite the numerous injurious to his club. Horrigan’s notebook has Terry Francona sticking by Coco Crisp and the outfielder responding with a pair of hits last night. Krasner’s notebook has Matsuzaka making history even with the loss, as his 10 strikeouts tied him with Fernando Valenzuela as the only rookies to strike out 10 or more in two of their first three starts. Goldberg’s notebook has more from Ricciardi on the Blue Jays’ injuries. Ballou’s notebook has Coco Crisp responding with a pair of hits after being moved up to second in the lineup.
The Patriots again dipped into the free agent waters yesterday, adding some depth to the secondary with the signing of free agent cornerback Tory James, who played for the Bengals the last four seasons, recording 21 interceptions in that period. Mike Reiss has a look at the signing. Albert Breer has more on the signing of James, as well as a couple of other Patriots notes. Shalise Manza Young says that James is an insurance policy for the secondary, which has been riddled with injuries the last few season, and James has a history of being durable.
Young also notes that former Broncos linebacker Al Wilson is still on the market, but hasn’t been contacted by the Patriots yet. Michael Parente notes that the other AFC East teams are once again chasing the Patriots.
The Celtics season comes to an end tonight with their game against the Detroit Pistons at the Garden. Peter May lists three reasons to be sad the season is ending and three reasons to be happy the season is ending. Mark Murphy has the young Celtics wanting more, even as the season comes to an end. Steve Bulpett has Sebastian Telfair seeking a continuance on the guarantee he made prior to the season that the Celtics would make the playoffs this season.