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Matsuzaka stays in Red Sox rotation

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 11, 2012 05:34 PM

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Just when you thought the Daisuke Matsuzaka era had ended . . .

He will stay in the rotation and start on Friday in Toronto. Bobby Valentine said that Matsuzaka found a mechanical flaw in his delivery from the stretch and should pitch better as a result.

Good luck with all that. As for other matters:

• The Red Sox will hold a ceremony to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001 before the game. Several families of victims of the attacks will be recognized, including the loved ones of Amy Sweeney, the heroic American Airlines flight attendant who alerted Logan Airport to the hijacking of Flight 11 and relayed information about the terrorists.

The first pitch will be thrown out by Susan Retik, whose husband was on Flight 11. She founded the non-profit organization "After the 11th" to provide support for widows in Afghanistan who have been affected by war, terrorism, and oppression.

The Boston Fire Department will present the colors with the department's a cappella quartet performing the national anthem.

Valentine, who was managing the Mets at the time, was profoundly affected by the attacks.

"For people who are still healing who were personally grieved by this tragic event, every day is an anniversary, every day is another day that they’re reminded that their lives have changed,” Valentine said.

“All can I say is that I thank all the people who, without a doubt, gave more than others. People stepped up and did a yeoman’s job of filling voids in people’s lives, filling voids in that community of New York and D.C. and Pennsylvania and filling the voids in the country. I’m grateful that worked side by side with a lot of people who gave a damn.

“I think they made a little bit of a difference. I think that we should never forget and I don’t think it’s ever going to be the same. All I can say is that I continue to try to do everything I can and I don’t think it’s enough.”

• Will Middlebrooks is out of the hard brace he was wearing on his fractured right wrist. He has range of motion but is very sore. Middlebrooks, who has been taking grounders, said he hopes to start swinging a bat to some degree before the season ends.

• Franklin Morales had an MRI on his left shoulder on Monday and was waiting to hear from the doctors. Valentine indicated it was unlikely that Morales would pitch again this season.

• Jarrod Saltalamacchia (back spasms) is out of the lineup for the third straight game. He did play catch on the field at 3:20 for a few minutes with head athletic trainer Rick Jameyson.

•Felix Doubront threw a bullpen on Monday and remains set to start on Thursday.

• The Red Sox are planning a ceremony to pay tribute to Johnny Pesky after the Sept. 23 game against Baltimore.

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