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Does Matsuzaka have it figured out?

Near no-hitter against Phillies offers great signs of hope for Red Sox

Updated: May 23, 2010, 12:17 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

PHILADELPHIA -- This is the type of pitching performance the Red Sox expect out of their $103 million man.

Daisuke Matsuzaka came agonizingly close to throwing a no-hitter, but the Phillies' Juan Castro lifted a lazy liner just out of the reach of shortstop Marco Scutaro with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to end the possibility of a no-no.

"What can I say? I know all the country of Japan is hating me right now," Scutaro said. "Sorry, sorry. My bad, my bad."

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