Boston Red Sox: Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five hitless
innings that left him silent and dissatisfied.
The Red Sox's celebrated rookie walked five Cincinnati Reds and
fell short of his own expectation for himself Monday.
After Boston's 5-0 loss, Matsuzaka stared at the floor in the
visitors' clubhouse for some time. It's not the way he wanted his
last full tuneup for his first major league season to end,
especially for a player the Red Sox invested $103 million in
because of his ability to avoid such struggles during eight seasons
The usually cooperative pitcher refused to talk to reporters and
issued a statement.
"This time of year I think the content of my pitching is more
important than the result on paper. I am not happy with the content
of my pitching today," it said. "I threw a lot of walks and
wasted balls. It was tough on my [fielders] to defend and to get
into a good rhythm on offense. It's something I will want to pay
attention to in the regular season."
Elsewhere in the Grapefruit League:
New York Yankees manager Joe Torre said he was pleased with
Pettitte's performance, but didn't rule out the possibility that
the left-hander might miss his first turn during the regular
"If it's the second round, so be it," Torre said. "Remember,
it's 162 games, and the long haul is what we're concerned about. So
whenever we're comfortable that he's ready to take the ball and go
out there, that's when it will be."
Pettitte will have another mound session Wednesday if there are
no physical setbacks. He might pitch in a minor league game Friday
Pettitte expects to be ready for the start of the season.
"I plan on it, no doubt," he said. "I'm feeling a lot better.
Everyday I'm feeling better."
Baltimore Orioles: One of the byproducts of the five-year contract Adam Loewen signed in
2003 was that he would have to be a part of the Orioles active
roster this season. If Baltimore chooses to send him to the minor
leagues, he first must pass through waivers.
Fortunately, that won't be an issue. Loewen is delighted that
the Orioles genuinely want him to be part of the pitching staff --
as a starter.
"I just didn't want to be a reliever this year. I wanted to
earn my way here," he said. "All the things I've gone through and
the steps I went through to get to this level, to feel I earned my
way here is big for me."
Cincinnati Reds: Right-hander Gary Majewski made his first appearance in a major league
game this spring and walked one. Majewski has been slowed by
weakness in his right shoulder, which also was a problem last
"I was really happy to get into a game," said Majewski,
who likely won't be ready for the season.
"Since Feb. 3 I've been
trying to get out there and pitch without pain."
The All-Star catcher was a leadoff hitter three times last year
and has done it 13 times since making his major league debut in
"I'll hit anywhere I am in the lineup. It doesn't matter,"
said Rodriguez, a career .304 hitter. "I don't care where I hit,
as long as I'm in the lineup every day."
Tigers manager Jim Leyland -- who will lead off with Curtis
Granderson against right-handers -- used Rodriguez in five different
spots in the lineup last season.
Williams threw 92 pitches and allowed five hits and five runs in
5 1/3 innings in the Astros' 6-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves, but
said he felt the best he has this spring. He gave up 12 hits and
nine runs in his previous start March 21.
"I felt good today," Williams said. "I threw the ball well
and it was the kind of outing I needed to have before my final
tuneup. It was definitely a step in the right direction, and I'm
ready to get home."
Williams, a Houston native, will make his first start for his
hometown team Friday when the Astros meet the Royals at
Minute Maid Park, where he's 9-3 with a 4.42 ERA.
The 30-year-old right-hander, who signed a minor league deal
with the Twins hoping to rehabilitate his career, pitched six
scoreless innings against his former team in a 5-3 loss to the
Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
Lowering his ERA to 3.94 in what was likely his second-to-last
spring start, Ponson gave up five hits without a walk and struck
out three while throwing 72 pitches.
In other Twins news, catcher Joe Mauer, who has been out with a stress
reaction in the tibia in his left leg, caught in the bullpen Monday
and is getting closer to taking the field again, manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Philadelphia Phillies: Phillies right-hander Freddy Garcia, who is out with right biceps tendinitis, played catch and will have a bullpen session Tuesday. He was hurt in his last
start last Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Pirates reliever Masumi Kuwata, one of the best-known pitchers in Japanese baseball
history, sprained his right ankle while colliding with plate umpire
Wally Bell during a game against Toronto on Monday.
Kuwata, a non-roster pitcher not expected to make the
Opening Day roster, was sprinting to back up third base on center
fielder Luis Matos' throw in the eighth inning when he ran into
Bell, part of a three-man crew, was going down the line to make
a possible call when Kuwata stepped on Bell's left ankle. Kuwata
might not have been expecting an umpire to be near because he is
unaccustomed to pitching in games without four umpires.
Bell reached out his left arm to try to prevent the collision,
but said Kuwata wasn't watching for him and did not see him coming.
The Pirates' medical staff was reviewing X-rays, but no fracture
was seen during an initial examination.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Several Devil Rays hope
to return this week from injuries.
• Outfielder Carl Crawford, who is sidelined with a groin injury, is
scheduled to play on Tuesday.
• Catcher Dioner Navarro, out with a hand injury, is slated to return on Wednesday.
• Outfielder Rocco Baldelli, out with a hamstring injury, will return on Thursday.
• Catcher Josh Paul, also out with a hand injury, remains day-to-day.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.