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UPDATE: Matsuzaka carries no-no into 8th inning

May 22, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

UPDATE: Phillies shortstop Juan Castro broke up the effort with a broken-bat single into left field.  Matsuzaka had two outs in the eighth inning at the time.  Still, a fine showing from the right-hander, who had a 7.89 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP in four starts since being activated from the disabled list on May 1.

7:32pm: Daisuke Matsuzaka is putting on a show this evening in Philadelphia and actually has a no-hitter through seven innings.  He has walked three and fanned five.

We’ll keep an eye on the game to see if Dice-K can make history against one of the National League’s best offenses.  He’s up to 93 pitches with six outs to go and David Ortiz has been replaced at first base by the more agile Kevin Youkilis.  This baby’s getting serious.

  1. Jonny5 - May 22, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    If my eyes didn’t deceive me. The Philly fans appeared to give Dice-K a standing ovation as he walked off the field….

  2. charlie - May 23, 2010 at 4:14 AM

    great pitching performance tonight from matsuzaka i hope he stays healthy and gives us some innings when he starts go sox go.

  3. uncle jumpy - May 23, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    I hate to burst your bubble , but this was the exception , not the rule . As good as he was last night , he can turn around and get pounded his next time out . I think his best bet is the bullpen . He doesn’t have the size or strength to be a consistent starter . He wears down as the season goes on . That being said , he did have it going last night .

  4. Curious George - May 23, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    I think his best bet is the bullpen . He doesn’t have the size or strength to be a consistent starter

    I think he can be an effective starter, just that he may require more rest than normal, like Pedro Martinez during his latter days. Matsuzaka has a starter’s repertoire to be sure. Now, a guy who gets pencilled in for 5 days rest, rather than 4, can, admittedly, play havoc with your rotation, but a 12-man staff should be able to accommodate this.

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  6. Jonny5 - May 24, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    “He doesn’t have the size or strength to be a consistent starter .”
    Yeah, just like that kid timmay who pitches for San Fran right?

  7. uncle jumpy - May 24, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Just keep watching him for the rest of the season , if he lasts that long . I will guarantee his era will be over five runs plus per nine innings . Just because you’re a Blosox fan it doesn’t mean you have to be an idiot .

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