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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Dice-K: 'game was pretty self-explanatory'

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Daisuke Matsuzaka offered this analysis of his Wednesday night outing against the Philadelphia Phillies, when he was charged with four runs in 4 1/3 innings while throwing 110 pitches:

"Today's game was pretty self-explanatory, I think," Matsuzaka said after the Mets' 6-2 loss. "I was all over the place today -- all over the zone. I wasn't able to throw the ball where [Travis] d'Arnaud wanted me to throw it.

"My last few starts in Triple-A I had very good command of my pitches. It's actually been a while since I wasn't able to command the pitches very well. So I don't think it has anything do with whether it's Triple-A or the big leagues. I believe that as long as I have my command, I'll be able to get batters in Triple-A or in the big leagues out."

Matsuzaka walked four and hit two batters.

"I will tell you: His stuff is good enough. It plays," Terry Collins said. "But tonight the command was off and therefore he was off. When he commands it, he's going to get outs, because it's good enough."

Slow start:  D'Arnaud will get Thursday off before returning to the lineup Friday in D.C. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and is now hitting .107 (3-for-28) since his promotion.

Collins noted d'Arnaud has had few at-bats overall this season. He landed on the DL after an April 17 game in Las Vegas with a broken foot and had only 20 at-bats at the Triple-A level after returning from the injury until his call-up.

"I think it's probably on his mind quite a bit," Collins said about the slow major league start at the plate. "There's a couple of things they're trying to work on a little bit. I don't know how many at-bats he had before he got hurt. Not that many. He's only had 40-something since. ... He's just going to have to bear with it and grind it out and keep working at it."

Fl0-show: Wilmer Flores showed a lack of range in his first game at second base, and later committed an error after moving back to third.

"It will be a little unfair for him, because Murph is going to get the majority of the time," Collins said about how much time Flores will see at second base. "... As his ankles get better and feel better, I think you'll see better actions."