Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 2-1

OAKLAND, Calif. — The last time Daisuke Matsuzaka started at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, it marked the beginning of the end to his 2009 season.

After that game — in which he lasted just one inning, giving up five runs — the pitcher wouldn’t start for another month in the major leagues in a fractured season that was defined by Matsuzaka’s lengthy time spent in exile in Fort Myers, Fla.

As Red Sox manager Terry Francona said yesterday, “That was a bad day.’’

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