Bits: Daisuke Matsuzaka continues to win 

August, 6, 2010

Boston Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed eight innings of one-run ball Thursday, earning his eighth win in 11 decisions. Matsuzaka's 3.96 ERA is a season low, and he's issued more than two walks only once in his five outings. He's available in nearly half of ESPN's standard leagues.

Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey deserved a better fate Thursday, taking a two-hit shutout and six-run lead into the eighth inning ... but he suffered a no-decision. Slowey pitched well, striking out nine against one walk in 7 2/3 innings. That's a good sign for future Slowey outings.