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Okajima caught in culture clash

Red Sox reliever talks about lack of communication with media, teammates

Updated: July 28, 2010, 9:51 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There's an easy way to refute the notion that Boston Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima has no use for reporters: He's married to one.

His wife, Yuka, was a sports broadcaster for the Japanese network NHK and met her future husband while covering the Japan Series in 2000, when Okajima was pitching for the legendary Yomiuri Giants.

"She understands the good and the bad," Okajima said Tuesday through his interpreter, Ryo Shinkawa. "And she knows baseball. I ...

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