Dice-K likely to start season finale

Dice-K likely to start season finale

BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka's next start is expected to be the last game of the regular season, according to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.

That will be October 3 at Yankee Stadium. That could well be the last time Matsuzaka -- a free agent at the end of 2012 -- pitches for the Red Sox.

Zach Stewart will also make a start down the stretch, which Valentine expects will be on Sept. 30 at Baltimore.

Stewart, the pitching prospect acquired from the White Sox for Kevin Youkilis back in June, was shelled in his only previous start for the Red Sox, giving up nine runs over three-plus innings at Anaheim on Aug. 29.