The Escape Artist

Daisuke Matsuzaka reacts after walking Baltimore Orioles batter Luke Scott in the second inning of their MLB American League base baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland August 19, 2008.
(Reuters )

Dicey Matsuzaka Gets In and Out of Trouble Again,
But 15 Wins Is 15 Wins

Tuesday Night Box: Boston 7, Baltimore 2
Globe: Matsuzaka Walks Away with a Win
He's Not Toast in a Jam: Hitters 0-for-14 with Bases Full on Dice-K
The Bullpen Tax Man: Matsuzaka Tosses 105... But Only Gets Through 5
He's Swinging Single: 'Tek's Got the Old Stroke Back
The Youk, Now Hitting Like Old No. 24, Hits HR No. 24
Ells: He Hits, He Steals, He Scores... He's Acting Like a Leadoff Hitter
A Little Chill Pill for Pedroia? A Needless Dust Up with the Ump for Pedey
Give Masterson a Piece of That Win

"I think I'd like to reach 15 wins every year, if possible." -- 8.19.08, Matsuzaka possibly not realizing he's expected to win 20 for his money

A Call for Arms?

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, front right, speaks on a cell phone as Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett looks on during a team photo shoot at Fenway Park.

Beckett's Start Pushed Back Due to Arm Problems
Theo Needs to Find Someone Else Who Can Pitch In

Bullpen Troubles Now Overshadowed By Banged-Up Rotation:
The New Beckett List: 1. Numbness. 2. Lingering. 3. Tingling. 4. Tommy John?
Beckett Won't Get Hammered Again by Toronto, but Will He Be Ready for New York?
Buchholz Has the Start of His Major League Life Tonight
Wakefield Remains a Disabled List Question Mark
Byrd Could Go South On His Next Pitch
Dice-K Gives You a Shaky 5 Every 5 Days
And Colon's Just Throwing Up in Pawtucket

"This is a big deal for the organization and for Beckett,” Dr. Robert Shalvoy of University Orthopedics in Providence said. “He won’t get better by missing a start.” Shalvoy, who has preformed ulnar collateral ligament surgeries, described Beckett’s issue as 'prime symptoms' for any pitcher who will eventually need Tommy John surgery to repair the damage." -- 8.20.08, Providence Journal

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Boston Globe:

Rodriguez looks like the steal deal > Despite effort by Rodriguez, Red So fall > Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field

Boston Herald:

Lauber: Eduardo Rodriguez showing Red Sox he's special > PawSox start looms large for Masterson


Rodriguez gem wasted > Chili Davis doesn't want to turn Red Sox into free-swingers > Red Sox draft catcher in third round

NY Post:

How Mariano Rivera has influenced Yankees' top pick > Why starting rotation could be a big Yankees' strength

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