Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka took full responsibility for his team's 14-5 drubbing at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays, a defeat that left the Sox virtually conceding the postseason to the Yankees and Rays. After matching a career-high by permitting eight runs in 4 2/3 innings -- a performance that snapped a career-high run of 16 straight starts in which he'd allowed four earned runs or fewer, the right-hander made no excuses.
"I knew very well that this was a critical game as far as our chances of advancing to the playoffs. so to allow what happened to happen so early in the game, I can really only apologize to my teammates and my fans," said Matsuzaka (9-5). "On a day like today, I didn’t have any life or bite or command on my pitches. I’m sure [catcher Victor Martinez] felt there wasn’t anything he could try and do either."
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Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, after playing in his first game since June 30, suggested that he was "tremendously" excited to be back on the field following an arduous rehab from a broken left foot. Varitek entered the sixth inning of his team's 14-5 loss to the Rays, catching four innings and going 0-for-2.
After the contest, Varitek said that aside from what he deemed a freak injury to his foot, he was feeling healthier than he had in years. He said without question that he wants to play at least one more season after 2010, and possibly a few more.
"At this point, I definitely want to play another year. I’d like to play a few more years. We’ll just have to see," said Varitek. "If things go the other way and I wasn’t healthy, I’d have to evaluate. If my swings and stuff went the other direction, I’d have to evaluate. But I’ve made some drastic improvements,...
With the Red Sox losing 14-5 to the Rays Tuesday night, and losing ground in the wild-card chase, Sox manager Terry Francona said after the game that Clay Buchholz will not pitch on three days rest in the final game of the season against Tampa Wednesday. Tim Wakefield will start instead, with Buchholz now pushed back to Friday against Oakland.
If the Sox had won Tuesday, they would have cut the Rays lead to 5 1/2 games. Francona said that Buchholz would have worked on three days rest in a last-ditch effort to get back in the playoff chase. For more on the Sox, read the Full Count blog.
Daisuke Matsuzaka was shelled for eight hits and eight runs - all earned - over just 4 2/3 innings as the Rays blew out the Red Sox, 14-5, Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
Carl Crawford doubled his first three times up and finished 4-for-4 for the Rays, who clubbed five homers on the night, including a pair off Matsuzaka, who fell to 9-5 on the season and had his ERA balloon from 4.29 to 4.70.
The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first against winner David Price [17-6] on a two-run double by Victor Martinez off the Green Monster. But Tampa Bay responded with the first of their five homers, a two-run blow to center by Ben Zobrist in the third to tie the game. The Rays added four in the fourth and six in the fifth, highlighted by Evan Longoria's long three-run homer to left.
The Rays scored 14 straight runs before Darnell McDonald homered in the eighth for the Red Sox, who have dropped...
Just prior to the Red Sox' game with the Rays Tuesday night at Fenway Park, the Sox moved Marco Scutaro from shortstop to second base to protect the infielder's ailing right shoulder. According to the Red Sox, results from an MRI taken earlier in the day suggested that the 34-year-old was dealing with inflammation of a longstanding rotator cuff injury.
The injury, which emerged in early August, won't get any worse by continuing to play. Jed Lowrie was moved over to shortstop.
The thinking is that the throw from second base, where he played two games last year with Toronto after manning the position 50 times in '08, would be easier on Scutaro's shoulder. The infielder had been forced to alter his throwing motion because of the injury, saying that the pain was most severe when throwing the ball around the infield because he couldn't short-arm the tosses like he was able to on ground balls.
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