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Dice-K, Indians pitchers slow down Reds bats in 3-0 win

Daisuke Matsuzaka (photo by Mori Chan, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Daisuke Matsuzaka, aka Dice-K, pitched two scoreless innings and seven Cleveland Indians pitchers combined on a one-hitter, leading to a 3-0 split-squad win over the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear, Arizona.

The Indians are taking a gamble on the right-handed Matsuzaka, who had arm problems the last few seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

The Japanese fireballer had Tommy John sugery in 2011 which led to him only getting 11 starts in 2012.

The bright spot for the Reds were Sam LeCure and Manny Parra who each threw two scoreless innings on Sunday.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds

Dice-K tough on Indians in 4-1 win

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cleveland Indians felt that they could beat Daisuke Matsuzaka last night if they could make him throw alot of pitches, get the lead early and get him out of the way and not have to face Boston’s top-notch back end of the bullpen which is good even without closer Jonathan Papelbon who is the bereavement list.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (mlb)

That plan never got off the ground for the Tribe. Dice-K threw eight scoreless innings, matching the longest start of the season, threw 112 pitches, 70 for strikes. He struck out five, walked two and allowed four hits.

The Red Sox beat Cleveland last night at Progressive Field 4-1. Austin Kearns prevented the Indians from being shutout for a sixth time, by blasting a home run leading off the ninth inning.

The Red Sox have been a hot team recently. They are 30-16 since April 20 and 23-11 since May 3 and the hottest team in baseball along with Cincinnati.

Boston catcher Victor Martinez received a very warm round of applause from the crowd of 14, 758 when he came to the plate in the first inning. This was the first trip back to Cleveland since he was traded on July 31, 2009. Says Martinez, “Cleveland was great for me and my family. I really appreciated that ovation”.