Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Don’t get me wrong.

It’s not that Daisuke Matsuzaka is a lousy, good-for-nothing scoundrel. He’s not that bad. Problem is, he should be better than he is.

As frustrating as he was to watch in his first two seasons, he won 33 games. You can’t argue with that. But last year was a washout, mostly because of injuries, and this year he’s had two stints on the disabled list, one for a neck strain, one for a forearm strain. You never know if he’s hurt...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Baseball’s trade deadline comes at the end of the month. The Red Sox made it clear to general manager Theo Epstein last night, in both action and deed, just how desperately they need help in the bullpen.

Manager Terry Francona left the unreliable Daisuke Matsuzaka in the game long enough to give up a four-run lead before finally turning to his relievers. That didn’t work either as the Tampa Bay Rays came away with a 6-5 victory.

A six-game road...