Boston came right back with B2B solo shots of their own -- Manny and Yook -- but it wasn't enough. Several unsuccessful chances to score earlier in the game (singles from Lugo and DP to start the 1st, Pena on third with one out in the 5th, and two 2-on, 2-out situations) cost the Sox.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (3.79, 119 ERA+) / Scott Kazmir (4.02, 113 ERA+)
Last time out, Dice-K snapped a three-start slump by firing seven scoreless innings ... limiting Cleveland to four hits while fanning five. So far, he's held left-handed opponents to .208 hitting in his 21-game career.Dice and Red Dot faced each other at Fenway on July 3. Matsuzaka (8-4-0-1-9, 122) was superb in Boston's 4-1 win.
[Kazmir has] defeated Cy Young winners Roger Clemens (Yankees) and Bartolo Colon (Angels) in conseutive outings. During that 13-inning span, he's allowed just one earned run, seven hits and five walks, while fanning 13.
No time to look at the papers today. Any new trade rumors?