Casey Kelly debuts, Thames homers again 

August, 28, 2012
San Diego Padres right-hander Casey Kelly won his major league debut Monday, tossing six innings of three-hit shutout ball. Kelly, a prize from the Adrian Gonzalez trade to the Boston Red Sox, missed much of this season because of elbow inflammation, but at three levels of the minors, his ERA was 3.35, with three walks and 39 strikeouts. Because he pitches in Petco Park, Kelly is a viable spot starter the rest of the season.

• Speaking of former Red Sox property, right-hander Josh Beckett lost his Los Angeles Dodgers debut Monday at Coors Field 10-0. Beckett was charged with three of the runs in 5 2/3 innings, permitting seven hits and three walks. Sure, it's Coors Field, so expectations were low, though the Rockies spun a shutout. Beckett's numbers should improve some in the NL, but he's no ace. Use him at home against the Diamondbacks this weekend.

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Jared Wickerham/Getty ImageDaisuke Matsuzaka picked up his first win in 457 days with seven strong innings Monday, allowing an unearned run on five hits and two walks with six K's.
• Meanwhile, current Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka won his first game of the season Monday, allowing an unearned run in seven innings and striking out six. Matsuzaka has made only six starts this season, and this was only his second quality start. Now 31 and four years removed from fantasy relevance, Matsuzaka dazzled the Royals with his slider and cutter, but he isn't a 10-team add just yet. Let's see where Dice-K is pitching next season, and if he's healthy, before buying in.