Craig Calcaterra notes the relationship between the Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka might be souring:
A day after Dice-K declared the Red Sox' training methods as the reason for his injuries
(no word on whether he blamed them for his second chin and inability to
throw a pitch down the middle), the team is striking back. And, as is
the custom in Boston, they're doing it through the media. First, Tony Massarotti hits him,
relaying that the team is "downright angry" at him, and that "the truth
is that the Red Sox were tired of Matsuzaka's high-maintenance act a
long time ago, but they kept their mouths shut and put up with it
because Matsuzaka won games."
Then Dan Shaugnessy,
who has long been a trusted messenger for the Sox, says "the Sox are
steamed. Matsuzaka talked out of turn, infuriated his bosses and his
teammates, and unwittingly took the focus away from Hall of Famer Jim
Rice on the night the slugger's number was retired . . . It is
reasonable to wonder if Matsuzaka will pitch again for the Sox this
season. Or ever."
Meanwhile, the relationship between the Yanks and Kei Igawa has never been stronger. Reports are Yanks officials are so happy with his minor league record, they're thinking of calling him up to do mop up work in a blow-out game in September. Yanks management believes the huge bid it took to negotiate with Igawa was worth it. It is believed that American minor league baseball has never been as popular as it is now in Japan.