By Sean McAdam
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Hitting, goes the old saying, is contagious.
Now the Red Sox are proving the same is true for pitching.
Following up on his dominant start from Patriots Day and matching the rotation-wide standard that's been set over the last week, Daisuke Matsuzaka blanked the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over eight one-hit innings and the Red Sox won their fourth straight road game, 5-0.
The strong outing continued the long string of dominant performances by Red Sox starters. In the last eight games, they've compiled a 1.01 ERA. No starter has given up more than two runs in that stretch, during which the Sox are 7-1.
The lone hit off Matsuzaka was a vicious line drive hit back at him by Alberto Callaspo in the second. Matsuzaka stuck his glove up in front of his face in self-defense as the ball tipped the glove and deflected toward third.
Matsuzaka is unscored upon in his last 15 innings, allowing just two hits.
The only run he would need came in the second Jed Lowrie scored on an infield single from Carl Crawford. Adrian Gonzalez singled home another run in the third.
Kevin Youkilis, who missed Friday's game with a bruised shin, clubbed a two-run homer to right-center in the fourth. In the fifth, Jason Varitek snapped a hitless streak of 19 at-bats with a run-scoring double to right.
Daniel Bard pitched the ninth.
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Football is coming.
The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.
Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.
The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.
The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.
With the Knicks and Celtics having yet to find common ground on a trade for Kristaps Porzingis, it appears the C’s are trying to add to their stable of draft picks in order to facilitate an agreement.
ESPN’s Ian Begley reported Thursday afternoon that Boston was offering a pick it had yet to acquire, with CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely following up that it’s the seventh overall pick. The C’s already have the third overall pick.
The NBA draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m.