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Sox Can’t Capitalize on Yanks Loss

Boston Red SoxEven though the New York Yankees lost to the Seattle Mariners, the Boston Red Sox stayed one game out of first place in the AL East as they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 on Thursday night. In the six innings he pitched, Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking just two batters. His record dropped to 5-3 on the season. Despite the output of DH David Ortiz (2-3, 3 RBI, 1 Run), the Red Sox could only muster four runs. In fact, the Red Sox entire lineup had issues with three of their starters (Kevin Youkilis, Bill Hall, and Darnell McDonald) going a combined 0-for-11.

The Sox are off tonight as they prepare for a homestand at Fenway Park this weekend against the Baltimore Orioles. Your truly will be attending the game on Saturday night. Hopefully the update for that game will come with a few pictures!

Top spot eludes Red Sox – Boston Herald
Rays’ bats come alive in 9-4 win over Red Sox – Tampa Bay Online
Garza stymies Red Sox in Rays’ victory – MLB.com
Red Sox Baffled by Matt Garza As Rays Regain Some Swagger in AL East – NESN.com
Red Sox / Rays Boxscore – NESN.com

Sox Pitchers Continue Road Dominance

Boston Red SoxBy pitching eight shutout innings last night in a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians, Daisuke Matsuzaka continued a remarkable run of road dominance for the Boston Red Sox pitching staff. In the last nine games away from Fenway Park, the Sox pitching staff has an incredibly low 0.70 ERA and, more importantly, is 8-0. Terry Francona, Boston’s manager, commented on the streak: “The more consistent guys are, the better. We didn’t do much offensively tonight, but the way [Matsuzaka] was pitching, you get one, one, one, one, it ends up being a good night.”

Dice-K sprinkled four hits (all singles) over his eight innings to earn his 150th career victory (108 were earned in Japan).

Tim Wakefield takes his 1-4 record (6.02 ERA) to the mound tonight in the second of four at Jacobs Field.

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Daisuke Matsuzaka
Photo: Tony Dejak/AP Photo

Red Sox’ Starters Continue A Streak – Boston Globe
Red Sox’ Starters Continue A Streak – New York Times
Red Sox 4, Indians 1: Bottom line: budget – The News-Herald
Dice-K goes 8 scoreless as Red Sox top Indians 4-1 – Associated Press
Dice-K fires eight shutout frames vs. Tribe – MLB.com

KC Ends Sox Win Streak At 5

Boston Red SoxIn his first start after nearly throwing a no-hitter, Daisuke Matsuzaka walked eight batters and let up three runs on two hits in just 4-2/3 innings, allowing the Kansas City Royals to escape with a 4-3 victory and end the Sox winning streak at 5.

The Sox loss coupled with the Rays win over the White Sox puts the Sox 6.5 games back in the AL East (3rd place) heading into the Memorial Day weekend. There’s still plenty of season to go, but they need to start beating teams like the Royals if they want to maintain any kind of playoff contention.

Daisuke Matsuzaka
Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up two hits and eight walks in 4-2/3 innings Thursday night
Photo: Charles Krupa/AP

Red Sox starter walks eight one start after near no-hitter‎ – ESPN.com
Dice-K’s wildness costly in loss to Royals – MLB.com
He was zoned out – Boston Globe
Royals flush out Matsuzaka to halt Red Sox run – Reuters Canada
Royals walk past Red Sox 4-3 – Kansas City Star