Dice-K, Lackey look sharp in rehab
Updated: May 6, 2009, 2:17 PM ETBy Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Rehabs go wellDaisuke Matsuzaka, RHP, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket) and John Lackey, RHP, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Tuesday's stats: Matsuzaka: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K; Lackey: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Dice-K and Lackey, two pitchers who hold key roles at the top of their respective teams' rotations, looked sharp Tuesday. Matsuzaka had good velocity and threw his entire repertoire of pitches despite the occasional control problems, but what else is new? Meanwhile, Lackey was especially sharp, retiring the first nine batters he faced and taking a no-hitter into the fifth.
Let's play two!Tim Beckham, SS, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green)
Tuesday's stats: Game 1: 2-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI, K, CS; Game 2: 2-for-4, HR (2), R, RBI, K
Any concerns about last year's poor debut by the No. 1 overall draft pick should be completely gone, as Beckham is batting .307/.330/.455 (average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) while driving in nine runs in his past five contests. Poor plate discipline (three walks all year versus 25 whiffs) is a legitimate ding, but his tools are beyond outstanding, and more than one scout has compared him to Barry Larkin comp.
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