Bits: Matsuzaka, Lowrie star for Red Sox
April, 19, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Boston Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka held the Toronto Blue Jays to one hit over seven shutout innings Monday, rebounding from a terrible seven-run start in which many -- perhaps even in his own organization -- gave up on him. Now owned in only 3.5 percent of leagues, Matsuzaka still isn't "safe" for most leagues, but look at 2008 and there is, believe it or not, upside.
There's more upside at shortstop, where Jed Lowrie could soon make Marco Scutaro irrelevant, or trade bait, after a four-hit performance Monday. Lowrie homered for the second time in three days, has RBIs in five consecutive games and a .516 batting average for the year. He is emerging, yet owned in only 4.3 percent of leagues.