Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed his second bullpen session on February 3 (February 4 in Japan) -- twenty pitches to a catcher that squatted in front of the home plate.
"While I threw at about 70% last time, this time I tried to throw as hard as I could. I am glad that I was able to throw at close to 90%," said Matsuzaka. "A part of me is still holding back. I want to continue examining my mechanics moving forward."
Alfredo Aceves and the Red Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing on a $1.2 million deal for this season (with an additional $100,000 in potential incentives). The team's only outstanding arbitration case is David Ortiz, who is still hoping for a multi-year deal.