Valentine: Matsuzaka 'could be very successful'

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Valentine: Matsuzaka 'could be very successful'

BOSTON -- Before the finale of the three-game series with the Marlins, manager Bobby Valentine was asked what he'd like to see from Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Id like him to participate in a winning performance, Valentine said. That would be a good thing. Hes feeling better. Id like him to get through that first inning clean also. Both of those things would be nice to see.Matsuzaka is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts this season after starting the season on the disabled list rehabbing from Tommy John surgery in June 2011.Valentine had suggested earlier this week that Matsuzaka might throw more pitches in his pregame bullpen warm-up than he normally does, but that plan might have to be delayed.He has a regimen, as we checked, and its really timed out, and to throw more would mean to plan a little sooner on changing that regimen, Valentine. So I think hell still be at 32, 33 pitches in the pen.But he is open to having the unorthodox pitcher use a customized routine.I think that everybody is an individual and they need to have individual ways of being successful, Valentine said. I was just talking to Jim Kaat who pitched a couple, three decades and he was mentioning how he actually changed his program himself at times. He even threw an inning in the bullpen and sat down before he warmed up again and then went in. So I think its a constant evolution, a constant adjustment that you have to make.Valentine said it is difficult for him to compare what he has seen from Matsuzaka this season and before the right-hander had his surgery.I didnt see him like I see him now, and I think his pitches are good now, Valentine said. If he uses the proper mix of changeup with his cutter, his slider, his curveball, and his fastball, I think he could be very successful.Thursday is Matsuzakas first career appearance against the Marlins.

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.