First things first: by popular demand (read: angry mob), I need to mention that Daisuke Matsuzaka earned the win against the Blue Jays last night despite letting them back into the game. With the Sox leading 10-1 after five innings, Dice-K surrendered eight runs in the 6th. But the Sox put three more on the board and went on to win 13-10, extending their AL East lead to seven games and improving their major league-best record to 83-55.
(Fun fact: For those of you late to the show, when Matsuzaka was new to the American sports world, is was goddam impossible to find pictures of him on the Internet. So I went searching for something else from Japan to accompany the Dice-K stories. And it was either Yoko Matsugane or Hello Kitty. I stand by my decision.)
Now, on to the actual big story from MLB last night: Pedro Martinez threw five effective innings in his first start in nearly a year, allowing three runs and getting the win against the Reds and perenially-overlooked Cy Young candidate Aaron Harang. Um, I guess that's pretty much the entire story. Man, baseball sure is exciting.
Other MLB scores: Ichiro hit a home run and notched his seventh straight 200-hit season as the Mariners ended a nine-game skid with a victory over Yanks, pulling within one game in the Wild Card standings. Not that it matters: Horacio Ramirez still starts tonight… Carlos Zambrano sucked again, got booed, and now he's pissed at the fans or something. "Boo hoo hoo, my life's so hard! I won't even make $100 million over the next five years!" Christ. When does the NFL start again?