In familiar spot, Red Sox turn to Matsuzaka to lead the way
BOSTON -- A small but vocal contingent of Boston fans buys into the premise that a 3-1 American League Championship Series deficit is merely a character builder for the Red Sox. It's the old "we've got them right where we want them'' theory run amok.One of those true believers made his feelings known to Tampa Bay left fielder Carl Crawford from the stands during the Rays' 13-4 thumping of Boston on Tuesday night. The fan reminded Crawford that the Red Sox escaped an even bigger hole when they recovered from being down 3-0 to the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS.
We want to focus on maintaining our same approach -- staying within ourselves and putting together some good at-bats as a team. That's the same whoever is pitching, whether it's Matsuzaka or Godzilla or King Kong.
--Rays 1B Carlos Pena