Cook Or Matsuzaka: Decision Looms For Red Sox

August 22, 2012 12:00 AM
Cook Or Matsuzaka: Decision Looms For Red Sox
" BOSTON (CBS) – A starting rotation decision looms for the Red Sox.

Tuesday night, Aaron Cook was hit hard by the Los Angeles Angels, surrendering five runs (four earned) on 11 hits over just five innings of work in Boston’s 5-3 loss. He dropped to 3-7 on the season, and is just 1-6 with a 6.35 ERA over his last eight starts. Overall, Boston is 4-7 when Cook starts this season.

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Also on Tuesday night, Daisuke Matsuzaka made his fifth rehab start for the Pawtucket Red Sox, and turned in his best performance of the current stint. The injured Sox righty went seven scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and four walks to go with seven strikeouts. Matsuzaka is 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA over his last five rehab outings, which could lead to his return to the majors.

Both are scheduled to pitch on Sunday. Whether it’s against the Kansas City Royals, the Charlotte Knights, or no one at all is up to the Red Sox brass "

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