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Game 3 recap: Red Sox @ Athletics


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This was a tight game for the Red Sox, who improve to a 2-1 record. The game was much closer than it should have been since 'Tek was robbed of a 2-run HR on a bad call by the umps.

Dice-K went 6.2 innings strong. Mr. Okie-Dokie and Papelbon recorded the remaining outs allowing only 1 hit, notching a hold and save respectively.

Believe it or not, Youk hit a triple.


Player of the Game:

Daisuke Matsuzaka, photo from

Dice-K had a great outing, striking out 9, walking none, and allowing just 1 ER over 6.2 IP. The 0 BB is the point I'd like to emphasize.

Dice-K will be extremely effective this year if can keep his walks down and be efficient. He threw 64% of his pitches for strikes, which is good, but not exactly "attacking" the strike zone.  Dice-K is going to throw some cheese with his diverse breaking stuff, so 96 pitches over 6.2 is pretty efficient for him. Can he get that IP number up to or over 7?