Francona: Matsuzaka will not have surgery


Francona: Matsuzaka will not have surgery

By MaureenMullen

CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona denied a report Monday that Daisuke Matsuzaka may need to have Tommy John surgery on his ailing right elbow.

"Hes not going to have surgery," said Francona. "Hes not going to have Tommy John. Some reports arent very professional. Thats a shame.

The report said Matsuzaka was seeking a second opinion from a Japanese surgeon. Francona said that, too, wasn't true, though he will receive a second opinion.

He has a appointment later in the monthto see Dr. Lewis Yokum in Los Angeles," said Francona, who added the team "gave permission for Matsuzaka to gohome to Japan before that. Its personal, though and not to get another medical opinion."

Asked when it was arranged to have Matsuzaka see Yokum, Francona replied:

Oh my goodness, weve talked to him all last week . . . I talked to him probably two or three times in depth and then he asked hes not doing anything right now he asked if Francona would care if he went to Japan. And I said, No, not even a little bit. But I wanted to get permission from general manager Theo Epstein, and check with the medical people, just to make sure. Everybody was okay with it.

"Hes actually been really good about this.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs


Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Orioles.



"If he has a boy, he ought to make him Mookie after tonight's outing.'' - John Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr., who left the team for a paternity leave after Mookie Betts slugged three homers.

"I know each day that I've got it. I wake up, I know I have it. I come to the field, I know I have it.'' - Xander Bogaerts on his ongoing hitting streak.

"He's probably one of the few guys, every time I see him hit, I think he's going to hit a homer. He's just that presence that he has in the batter's box.'' - Bogaerts on Betts.

"This is probably my best night; first time I've ever done that.'' - Betts, when asked where the game ranks individually for him in his career.

"I wanted to locate the heater good, not force it too much, don't try to throw hard - just try to throw strikes.'' - Eduardo Rodriguez on his season debut.



* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 24 games, second-longest in baseball this season.

* Bogaerts has hit safely in 36-of-38 games at a .399 clip with 33 runs scored and 23 driven in.

* Eduardo Rodriguez two runs or fewer in each of his three career starts at Camden Yards.

* The Sox had back-to-back homers (Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia) for the first time this season.

* Mookie Betts had a three-homer game for the first time in his career.

* Betts became the first Red Sox player to homer three times in the same game since Will Middlebrooks did so on April 7, 2013.

* The last time the Sox began a game with back-to-back homers was July 27, 2011 when Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia did so.

* The Red Sox scored multiple runs in the first inning for the 20th time in 51 games.

* David Ortiz extended his own hit streak to eight games.



1) Mookie Betts

Betts belted three homers -- one to left, one to center and one to right -- for the first time in his career and also contributed a brilliant diving catch in right in the seventh inning.

2) Eduardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez made his season debut and allowed two runs on six hits through six innings and didn't issue a single walk while fanning three.

3) Chris Young

Getting a rare start in center, Young made a spectacular catch to likely rob Manny Machado of a two-run homer, while drawing a walk and adding a single and a run scored.