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 score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.