Part Two: See what sort of interest exists for Daisuke Matsuzaka.


Part Two: See what sort of interest exists for Daisuke Matsuzaka.

2) See what sort of interest exists for Daisuke Matsuzaka.

The Red Sox weren't interested in swapping Matsuzaka for Kosuke Fukodome, but that doesn't mean they won't listen to other offers for the enigmatic pitcher.

It's expected that some West Coast teams (San Diego, Seattle and perhaps the Los Angeles Dodgers) will, at the very least, inquire about Matsuzaka, who could thrive in the National League.

The Red Sox are four-deep in their rotation (Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, John Lackey) and could afford to auction off Matsuzaka for the right return. The thinking is that Matsuzaka could be a quality No. 2 or No. 3 starter on a N.L. staff.

Of course, Matsuzaka has a full no-trade clause in his contract and would have to approve any deal the Sox put together. But given that Matsuzaka has no deep ties to Boston and would be closer to Japan on the West Coast, that's not expected to be a huge impediment.

With two years and 20 million remaining on his contract, Matsuzaka would not be an inexpensive acquistion for teams. That said, the Sox are not in the mood to take some of the remaining money back in order to facilitiate a deal. If the Sox have to subsidize a trade, they'd just as soon hold onto Matsuzaka.

Consider, also, that the Sox' position is enhanced by the relative lack of starting pitching on the free agent market. After Cliff Lee, the next best starters are probably Jorge de La Rosa and Carl Pavano. That paucity of pitching only strengthens the hands of team with starting pitching to spare.

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Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.


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