Boston Red Sox defeat Los Angeles Angels, 4-1

There was a weight on Daisuke Matsuzaka.

He knew how he had pitched, knew how little he had helped his team over the first five months of the season. He had disappeared to Florida, leaving the Red Sox and their rotation to carry on without him, even as he was relegated to sprints in the Fort Myers sun alongside minor leaguers so young they barely could imagine the majors.

“On the road back, I’ve been a burden on my teammates more than anything and I feel that I owe them...