Despite being placed immediately on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm soreness, Daisuke Matsuzaka said after Saturday's game that he is not overly concerned about the injury that forced him to be scratched from Saturday's start against Philadelphia at Fenway Park. Matsuzaka said he did experience this before in his career but can't remember the last time it bothered him to the point where he had to miss a start.
"I can't even remember when the last time was so I think that just goes to tell you I don't think this is a really big problem at all," Matsuzaka said.
Matsuzaka said he did not feel any cramping or tightness while stretching and playing catch prior to heading out to his bullpen session prior to the game. He said he informed pitching coach John Farrell of the issue and the decision was made to shut him down.
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Daniel Nava became just the second player in modern recorded history to hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in the majors and J.D. Drew fell just a triple shy of the cycle as the Red Sox pounded the Phillies for the second straight game, 10-2, Saturday at Fenway Park.
Nava's history-making homer came off Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton (1-5) in the bottom of the second and capped a five-run uprising, which began with Drew's home run to right field. Nava was just the second player in Red Sox history to hit a grand slam in his first at-bat, joining Rip Repulski, who did it on May 10, 1960. Nava was called up when Jeremy Hermida went on the disabled list and ironically, Hermida is one of the four players in MLB history to hit a grand slam in his first big league at-bat. Kevin Kouzmanoff  and Bill Duggleby  are the other two.
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Daniel Nava, who was making his major league debut Saturday, staring in left field for the Red Sox, hit the first pitch he saw as a big league player for a grand slam. The homer, which cleared the right field wall, gave the Red Sox a 5-2 lead against Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton. Nava becomes the second player to hit a grand slam in his first at-bat with the Red Sox, following Rip Repulski, whose pinch-hit grand slam came on May 10, 1960. Nava becomes the fourth player in major league history to hit a grand slam in his first big league at-bat, joining Bill Duggleby, Jeremy Hermida, and Kevin Kouzmanoff (who also hit his on the first pitch).
Nava's previous home run against a major league pitcher came in an intra-squad spring training game against Sox pitcher John Lackey, whom Nava had a history with prior to the at-bat....
Clint Dempsey's fluke goal in the first half gave the United States a draw with England in their first World Cup match in South Africa. English goalkeeper Robert Green mishandled Dempsey's long shot to even the score after Steven Gerrard had given England a quick lead minutes into the match. United States goalie Tim Howard had a very strong game in net thwarting numerous attempts by England in the second half. The United States will now face Slovenia on Friday, June 18th. Click here for the complete match recap. Visit the LEEINKS blog for coverage throughout the World Cup.
Just minutes before the Red Sox game with the Phillies Saturday afternoon it was announced by the team that Daisuke Matsuzaka had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Scott Atchison got the emergency start for the Red Sox, who also recalled lefty pitcher Dustin Richardson. It is Atchison's first start in the major leagues. Matsuzaka was in the Red Sox bullpen prior to the game, seemingly warming up for the start. The hurler did have to postpone his side session Wednesday after throwing up during his long toss, pushing his session to Thursday. It is the second time this season Matsuzaka has been on the disabled list, where he began the season with back and neck issues. Check the Red Sox team page for more information.
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