Matsuzaka struggles in latest rehab start

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Matsuzaka struggles in latest rehab start

BOSTON Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled in his fourth rehab outing as he continues to try to make his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Matsuzaka, who underwent surgery in June, went 5 13 innings for Pawtucket, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, with five strikeouts, two home runs, and a hit batter.

He threw 90 pitches, 54 strikes. He left with the PawSox trailing, but the Pawtucket offense saved him from a loss, pulling out a win over Columbus.

Manager Bobby Valentine watched a tape of Matsuzakas outing.

I didn't think he was as good as he should be, Valentine said. His mechanic wasnt very good at all I didnt think. But hes throwing pain-free so thats good.

Were going to review it today. And that was just my opinion obviously, just watching a little TV.

Matsuzaka is on a 30-day rehab assignment and would have to be activated May 23. Valentine said the right-hander is expected to make two more rehab starts, on May 17 and 22, to get his whole thing together.

Matsuzaka has made four rehab outings one with High-A Salem, another with Double-A Portland, and two with Pawtucket. He has posted a combined record of 0-1 with a 4.34 ERA, giving up nine earned runs over 18 23 innings, with four home runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts. Opponents have hit .254 off him.

Ive been watching his starts, Valentine said. Right now, hes worried about his strength and his ability to endure pitches and things like that. Hell take another start.

Matsuzaka is the final season of a six-year contract.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.