It's not a secret: Daisuke Matsuzaka was great in his Major League Baseball debut. He lived up to the hype and delivered a great performance on a cold, cold day. Matsuzaka went 7 innings, struck out 10, gave up one walk and one run to earn his first MLB victory.
JC Romero filled in for Matsuzaka for the eighth and gave up just one hit. Romero continues to really impress me, personally. I think he's going to have a great season in our bullpen.
Jonathan Papelbon closed it out for his first save of the season. Has he lost a step since last season? Not a bit. His fastball was electric and had that late pop we're all so accustom to seeing. Papelbon struck out two without allowing a baserunner.
Julio Lugo broke out of a slump and went 2-for-5. He stole third which lead to a run when Royals' catcher John Buck had a terrible throw to third.
JD Drew continues to seem comfortable as a Sox. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Drew is showing early signs of being one of the best number 5 guys in the season.
The first inning scoring trend continues. Manny Ramirez hit a double in the first to score Kevin Youkilis. Ramirez went 2-for-5.
Also joining the hit parade was Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedroia, who both went 2-for-4 on the evening. David Ortiz struggled, however, going 1-for-5 with a run and four strikeouts.
Winner: There's no question about it, Matsuzaka deserves to take home The Mueller today.
Winner (?): It's hard to pick out a loser in this group. Ortiz struggled, but he did score a crucial run. Varitek went hitless and left four on-base, but he handled Matsuzaka extremely well. Youkilis went 0'fer, but did score a run. So you get to choose.