Daisuke Matsuzaka's debut with the Boston Red Sox was a success.
Matsuzaka gave up a leadoff double to a college junior before retiring his six remaining batters to help the Red Sox beat Boston College 9-1 in seven innings at Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday.
"I am not 100 percent satisfied with how I pitched," Matsuzaka said through a translator. "But, considering the time of the season, it is OK."
Matsuzaka threw 25 pitches, 19 for strikes, in two scoreless innings. He fanned three.
"He seems as poised as anybody," catcher Jason Varitek said. "There's no sense of butterflies at all."
At Mesa, Ariz., Gary Matthews Jr. hit one of three homers by the Angels in the fifth inning, and Los Angeles beat the Chicago Cubs 9-6.
Matthews was allegedly sent human growth hormone from a pharmacy that's part of a widespread steroids investigation, it was revealed this week.
Chicago ace Carlos Zambrano struck out four and gave up one hit in two scoreless innings. He also made a couple of big predictions for himself and the Cubs.
"I believe this year I will win the Cy Young and I will enjoy that," Zambrano said. "Besides that, we will win the World Series. I guarantee you that."
At Fort Myers, Fla., Torii Hunter was hit in the head by a fastball from former teammate Kyle Lohse, but Minnesota's star center fielder apparently avoided serious injury during a 5-2 loss to Cincinnati.
At Surprise, Ariz., Sammy Sosa went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk in his spring training debut, a "B" game for the Texas Rangers.
In other spring training games: Brewers (ss) 21, Giants 2
At Scottsdale, Ariz., Barry Bonds lost a fly ball in the sun and struck out swinging at a high pitch well out of the zone. He finished 0-for-2 with a groundout in his first Cactus League game this year.
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Andy Pettitte pitched two perfect innings in his first appearance since rejoining the Yankees.
At Fort Myers, Fla., J.D. Drew got his first hit in a Boston uniform and Manny Ramirez went 0-for-1 with a walk.
At Kissimmee, Fla., Jeremy Bonderman struck out three in two innings but also gave up a solo homer to Houston's Morgan Ensberg. Astros ace Roy Oswalt struggled.
At Jupiter, Fla., Braden Looper looked just fine as a starting pitcher. The longtime reliever, trying to secure a spot in St. Louis' unsettled rotation, threw three solid innings.
At Kissimmee, Fla., new Braves reliever Mike Gonzalez gave up a two-run homer to Pittsburgh behemoth Brad Eldred. Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche went 0-for-2 against his former team - including an amusing at-bat against good friend John Smoltz.
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Erik Bedard threw two perfect innings and Baltimore allowed only one hit in beating Dontrelle Willis and the Marlins.
At Vero Beach, Fla., Jason Schmidt pitched two scoreless innings in his spring training debut for Los Angeles.
At Phoenix, Mike Piazza drove in two runs in his spring training debut for Oakland and Milton Bradley had three hits.
At Peoria, Ariz., Felix Hernandez allowed one run in two uneven innings for Seattle.
At Surprise, Ariz., Gil Meche pitched three shutout innings in his debut with Kansas City.
At Tucson, Ariz., Chicago's Jose Contreras gave up two runs and four hits in two innings.
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