Prior to his team's game Saturday afternoon against the Orioles, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that Daisuke Matsuzaka will make another start this season, with the righty slated to go against the Yankees in the regular season finale at Yankee Stadium, Oct. 3.
"He's slotted in for the last game of the season," Valentine said. "Unless there's someone else that we choose to use."
There was some question if Matsuzaka would make another start after his recent struggles. In his last four starts, Matsuzaka has totaled a 1-3 mark with a 13.50 ERA, having pitched a total of just 13 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .400 against Matsuzaka over that stretch. He is coming off a three-inning outing in which the righty gave up five runs on nine hits.
Valentine also said recently-recalled Zach Stewart will make the start Sept. 30 against the Orioles in Baltimore. With Triple-A Pawtucket, Stewart finished with a 3.94 ERA in 11 starts, making his most recent appearance Aug. 23. Stewart's only other start for the Red Sox this season came Aug. 29 in Anaheim when he allowed nine runs in three innings.
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