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Matsuzaka ready to replace Cook?

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 21, 2012 11:33 PM

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As Aaron Cook allowed five runs 11 hits and saw his earned run average climb to 4.79 Tuesday night, Daisuke Matsuzaka was down the road in Pawtucket throwing seven shutout innings in his latest minor league rehabilitation start.

Matsuzaka gave up one hit, walked four and struck out seven. He started the eighth inning but came out after issuing two walks. Matsuzaka threw 102 pitches and would appear ready to come off the disabled list.

Could that be to start on Sunday in place of Cook against the Kansas City Royals?

“Much too early to figure that one out," Bobby Valentine said. “See Dice tomorrow and see how he feels and talk it over with everyone."

Cook (3-7) isn’t too concerned.

“Nope, not one bit,” he said. “It’s not my decision. I’m just going to take the ball and throw it when they tell me.”

A few notes for you . . .

• The Red Sox all wore No. 6 in memory of Johnny Pesky and the Angels, of their own volition, wore a small patch with a "6" on their uniforms.

“Johnny was just a pleasure to be around every time we came in here,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I’ve only known him since 2000 when I first started managing here and we had some great baseball talks, about a half hour at a time. He was a true gentleman and [Tuesday night] was a very fitting tribute to a special person.”

Pretty classy move by the Angels.

• That ball Mark Trumbo hit in the fifth inning may have just landed. Wow.

“He hit it about as hard as you can hit a baseball,” Cook said

Said Scioscia: “That ball was absolutely killed.”

Trumbo, who has 30 home runs, arrived at Fenway in a 14-for-76 slump. He was 2 for 4 and hit a home run that people at Fenway won't soon forget.

“I always try to drive the ball. Maybe my swing was a little overaggressive, but I tried to tone it down a little bit. My biggest thing is if I get a pitch to hit, I don’t want to miss it," he said.

• The Sox are an unimaginable 29-35 at home with losses in seven of their last nine games. They're also 24-32 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

• Wanted to say thank you to our summer intern, Alex Prewitt. He did a terrific job helping out with our Sox coverage and is headed for the Washington Post to cover the University of Maryland. Please join me in wishing him well. Alex has a great future in our crazy business.

We have had a bunch of great interns in the last few years. Nicole Auerbach (2011) is at USA Today. Robert Mays (Grantland.com) and Nate Taylor (New York Times) were in our Class of 2010.

Thanks to everybody for reading today. Catch you tomorrow.

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