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For Red Sox, Daisuke Matsuzaka's Arrival Is Better Late Than Never

BOSTON - APRIL 9: Daisuke Matsuzaka #18 of the Boston Red Sox prepares for a game with the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park April 9, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Rays won the game 4-3. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Sean KennedyCorrespondent IJune 14, 2016

Watching Daisuke Matsuzaka shut out the powerful Angels lineup for six plus innings was undoubtedly heartening to the Red Sox.

For starters, Matsuzaka made it into the seventh inning for the first time this season. Matsuzaka, who turned 29 just two days earlier, had failed to do so in any of his previous eight starts.

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