Atlanta Braves defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-2

When Daisuke Matsuzaka walked off the mound two batters into the fifth inning last night, he was walking away from a chance to prove to himself, to his teammates, and to his coaches and manager that he belonged in an overcrowded rotation.

As Matsuzaka acknowledged afterward through interpreter Masa Hoshino, “If I keep going like this, I have no right to be part of this rotation.’’

He added, “I can probably say that never before have I faced such a tough time period, ...