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Dice-K rehabs, may start for the big club next week

The Red Sox are still in a fight with the Rangers for the final playoff spot, so they can’t refuse help from any quarter. Could Daisuke Matsuzaka provide any?

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 6 2/3 successful innings Wednesday night against White Sox minor leaguers in the Single-A playoffs, and his next outing will likely be come in a major league uniform. Pitching with the Red Sox’ Single-A Salem affiliate, Matsuzaka blew away the young hitters of Single-A Winston-Salem, gallowing only three hits, one walk, and one run, while notching seven strikeouts.

I know the minors only live to supply the majors with players, but it does seem rather unsporting of everyone involved to send out a guy like Dice-K in a freaking playoff game. It’s like Adam Sandler playing dodgeball against those kids in one of those movies he made back before he became intolerable. Most of the guys on the Winston-Salem team will never sniff upper level ball, so you should at least give them a chance to win something on their own merits, shouldn’t you? Ah, screw it. I guess I’m just being sentimental.

Anyway, with Wakefield’s back still acting up, the Sox will need a starter next week. From the looks of things, Dice-K will be their huckleberry.