Clay ‘Complete Game’ Buchholz amazing against Orioles, Matsuzaka makes season debut with Red Sox this afternoon against Nationals

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On the last day against the Os, the Boston Red Sox pulled themselves back up after two losses in a row, one 6-8 Tuesday and the other 1-2 Wednesday. Behind Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox had a complete game, taking the last game 7-0. Buchholz received his 4th complete game against the Orioles. His previous complete games have all coincidentally been against the Orioles. Buchholz pitched all nine innings, obviously allowing no runs on 125 pitches, gave up just four hits and struck out six and walked one. That one walk came in the 9th, but Clay retired the next three batters to receive the win. Additionally, no Orioles ever went beyond 2nd base.

The Red Sox pounded out seven runs to help Clay out. The Sox busted out two runs each in the first three innings to put them up 6-0 until Youkilis’ double in the 8th that scored Nava and added another run to make it 7-0. In the bottom of the 1st, with the bases loaded Adrian Gonzalez belted a double to right field which scored Pedroia and Youkilis. Then in the bottom of the 2nd, Pedroia grounded a force out that allowed McDonald and Shoppach to score and due to Robert Andino’s throwing error and Nava’s out, Pedroia advanced to 2nd base. However no more runs were to be scored that inning. In the next inning, Daniel Nava connected on a change-up and hit a single to right field and scored Adrian Gonzalez and Darnell McDonald.

Then last night, the Red Sox unfortunately fell to the Strasburg and the Washington Nationals in the first interleague play series since the Red Sox took on the Phillies a few weeks back. The 4-7 loss gave Strasburg his 7th win putting him up to 7-1, while Doubront is now 6-3.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka #18 of the Boston Red Sox throws before a game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park April 18, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tazawa was called from AAA Pawtucket Red Sox.

But the important news right now is the return of Daisuke Matsuzaka this afternoon against the Washington Nationals. Dice-K, who has been absent from the roster because of his Tommy John surgery, will make his first appearance in a year to the day of his actual surgery date. His last appearance at Fenway Park was May 16, 2011. So far in this last three starts in the minors, Dice-K is 0-3 with 30 strikeouts. In his last start he threw 5.1 innings and gave up only one hit and no walks compared to his first rehab start where he only last 1.1 innings after throwing 40 pitches, allowing three hits and two walks. Matsuzaka is starting in replacement of Daniel Bard, who was moved to Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox due to his 5-6, 5.24 ERA, and loss of his command.

Today he will go against Gio Gonzalez (7-2, 2.31 ERA) and the Nationals at 4.05pm from Fenway Park. The game will be held on NESN.

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