Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-5

OAKLAND, Calif. - It had looked so promising.

The Red Sox, whose bats had been in sleep mode for the first seven games of the season, were in the process of knocking around Oakland starter Dana Eveland.

That is, until Daisuke Matsuzaka walked off the mound, 43 pitches and one inning deep into his start last night. He had nothing in his brief appearance, which was short in the number of outs he got but not in the time it took to get them.

He came off the field, was pa...