Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-3

The Red Sox accepted Daisuke Matsuzaka's inefficiency last season because it consistently created victories, a worthy sacrifice for a tired bullpen and teeth-shorn fingernails.

If an allergy to strikes and a penchant for drama were what Matsuzaka needed, fine. "Sometimes," manager Terry Francona said, "you just need to stay out of the way and be happy for what you have."

There is no room for happiness, though, when Matsuzaka cannot summon effectiveness out of his high-w...