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Matsuzaka's first start a real spectacle

In an event fit for a rock star, Daisuke Matsuzaka put together a dazzling performance in his first start for the Red Sox.

Originally Published: April 5, 2007
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- "You're going to have to move," a suit told the horde in front of the Red Sox dugout early Thursday afternoon.

They didn't move. They didn't speak English. It was just over an hour before Daisuke Matsuzaka's major-league debut, fans were screaming and holding signs in Japanese, and a crush of media was camped on the dirt waiting for a shot.

"Good Morning Japan" was in Kansas City following Dice-K and waiting for history. Matsuzaka tossed a ball in the outfield, and ...

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