Matsuzaka has scoreless outing for PawSox

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka completed his third minor league rehab assignment Monday night at McCoy Stadium and appeared to be in fine form.

The right-hander worked 4 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed only two hits with three walks and four strikeouts while facing the Rochester Red Wings for the Pawtucket Red Sox. He tossed a total of 87 pitches (49 strikes). He topped out at 91 m.p.h. on the radar gun. When he left the game, the score was still 0-0.

He began his rehab stint on April 23 at Single-A Salem and allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work. His next start came on April 28 for Double-A Portland, where he worked 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, a pair of dark-colored SUVs carrying Matsuzaka and his entourage pulled into the parking lot at McCoy Stadium. The right-hander appeared jovial in the clubhouse and ready for his third rehab start.

He’ll likely need at least one more rehab start before the Red Sox summon his services.

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In the video below, Matsuzaka taped this promo for ESPNBoston.com during spring training in 2010. At the time, it was his first attempt to speak English publicly. The spot never aired but it’s timely now as he’ll soon reintroduce himself to Red Sox Nation.