By Joe Haggerty
LAKELAND, Fla. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Tuesday's game against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium that if "every pitch from Daisuke Matsuzaka sort of seems to have a purpose, thats when he's is going to be good."
Every pitch, apparently, had a purpose.
The veteran right-hander -- who entered the game with an 0-1 record and a horrific 11.42 ERA this spring -- pitched five shutout innings, allowing only two hits with one walk and five strikeouts in what was far and away his best performance of the exhibtion season.
Matsuzaka has tweaked his between-start routine by breaking up his long toss and side session days while working with new pitching coach Curt Young, and it apparently reaped some results.It was a stiff test, as well, since the Tigers had Austin Jackson, Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta in their lineup.
More to come . . .
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BOSTON - Parker Bidwell pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings and Los Angeles scored three runs after its challenge overturned an inning-ending double play in the second, leading the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which won two of three against the Red Sox for its fifth series win in the last six.
Doug Fister (0-1) lost his Red Sox debut, giving up three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He was signed by Boston on Friday after being released by the Angels.
Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost their second straight at Fenway Park after winning 10 of the previous 12.
Bidwell (2-0) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out four without issuing a walk. Yusmeiro Petit pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.