Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched his first complete game in the American League last night as the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-1 at Fenway Park.
Jeff Horrigan has the Tigers, and even Matsuzaka himself unimpressed with the outing, while Gordon Edes has Tiger’s manager Jim Leyland calling “that Matsuki guy”… “the real deal.” Paul Kenyon looks at a terrific night for the Fenway faithful. Jeff Goldberg has more on Matsuzaka’s complete game victory. Ron Chimelis and Jennifer Toland complete the game stories.
Steve Buckley says Dice-K is adjusting to the big leagues right before our eyes. Bob Ryan says that “The Daisuke Era has now officially begun.” Steven Krasner breaks down Matsuzaka’s start last night by the numbers. Jon Couture looks at how watching Daisuke is a fixation on two continents.
Nick Cafardo has a look at the matchup of the two elite teams thus far in the American League this season. Rob Bradford has Gary Sheffield calling this the best Red Sox team since he joined the Yankees in 2004, and says that Yankees have a hard road to climb to overtake them. Alex Speier looks at the “what if” scenario had Sheffield been allowed to come to Boston this season as he had wanted to. Bill Reynolds weighs in on Curt Schilling, David Ortiz, and Dan Shaughnessy’s new book Senior Year.
Rob Bradford has Dustin Pedroia sparkling in the field with several nice plays at second base. Joe Haggerty has the Tigers and Red Sox gearing up for round two tonight. Buckley has former Red Sox pitcher (and Tigers minor league pitching coach) Bill Monbouquette monitoring the progress of his former pupils with the Tigers. Mike Petraglia has Javier Lopez riding the Boston/Pawtucket shuttle. Dom Amore says there are still more Yankees fans than Red Sox fans in Connecticut, but the Red Sox fans are making small gains each year.
Horrigan’s notebook has the Red Sox taking a wait-and-see attitude with Josh Beckett’s finger. Edes’ notebook suggests that Beckett could be out for a few weeks with the finger ailment. The Projo notebook says that the Red Sox are a few days away from knowing anything about Beckett’s availability. Goldberg’s notebook indicates that initial reports are positive on Beckett. Chimelis’ notebook has the Red Sox being cautious with Beckett. Toland’s notebook says there is no timetable yet for Beckett. Couture’s notebook has more on Beckett’s healing process.
Christopher L. Gasper has Kareem Brown looking to shed the label of “underachiever” and replace it with “playmaker.” Eric McHugh has Bill Belichick seemingly impressed with Brown’s recent weight loss. John Tomase looks at the demands on the rookies at minicamp and what it says about the players.