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Matsuzaka ready to go

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 26, 2010 04:29 PM

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Daisuke Matsuzaka spoke to reporters around his locker about his simulated game earlier today.

"I wanted to show the manager and the coaching staff that I am ready to pitch in a game situation and I feel I did that," he said.

Matsuzaka said he has been "a burden" and "a distraction" to the team while on the disabled list and is eager to prove his worth and contribute.

Matsuzaka showed good power on his cutter according to Terry Francona, who stood behind the mound and called balls and strikes.

In other news:

* Jacoby Ellsbury, according to Francona, increased the intensity of his workouts today. Those activities included running and swinging the bat. Mike Cameron also pushed himself a little harder but is not yet doing baseball activities.

* Marco Scutaro said he was thankful for his time in Toronto because it was here he became a full-time player. But if the fans boo him. he'll understand. According to the media here, fans boo every player who left the team, whether the team wanted him back or not. That makes sense.

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