GLENDALE, Ariz.: Daisuke Matsuzaka was brought up from the minor-league camp to start today against the White Sox and gave up two runs and five hits, walking none in 5 1/3 innings.
Dice-K did not give up a run until the fifth, when a bunt single and an error prolonged the inning, as the Tribe lost 5-4.
”I thought he did a better job of establishing his off speed pitches,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”He also managed his pitch count better.’’
Asked about Matsuzaka’s velocity, the manager said, “”I didn’t even look. The hitters will let you know.’’
Vinnie Pestano worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit, and Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits to raise his spring average to .426.
It was clear from the beginning of camp that the Tribe could not keep infielder Chris McGuiness on the active roster all season, as required of a player taken in the Rule 5 draft.
The Indians also were unable to make a deal with the Rangers that would allow the Tribe to send McGuiness to the minors. Consequently, McGuiness was sent back to Texas.
In 41 spring at-bats, McGuiness batted .195 with two doubles.