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Dice-K tosses simulated game

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Boston Red Sox's Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches in an intrasquad practice at the Red Sox's training facility in Ft. Myers, Florida, Monday March 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Margaret Bowles)
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose spring training has been delayed by back and neck problems, threw 62 pitches in a simulated game.

The righthander is slated to pitch next in an exhibition game Saturday against the Nationals in Washington. He threw 41 pitches for strikes over three innings Monday.

Boof Bonser, who has been hampered by a groin strain, also threw three innings. He threw 56 pitches, 42 for strikes. He is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Saturday in Fort Myers.

Manny Delcarmen also pitched.

NOTE: RHP Junichi Tazawa (elbow) was in Birmingham, Ala., Monday to consult with Dr. James Andrews. The Red Sox have not yet received results of the exam. Tazawa last pitched in an exhibition game March 22, and had not thrown for the last few days. Tazawa, who signed as an international free agent in December 2008, began experiencing discomfort in the elbow in the latter part of last season, pitching coach John Farrell said. “There were times in camp here that he felt normal and there were other times where because of lack of command or action to his pitches he felt like something wasn’t quite right either in the game or the amount of recovery time he would need,” Farrell said. “And we mapped out his workload to give him ample time to recover, although it got to a point where we needed to take a further look and get an in-depth evaluation.”

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