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Red Sox survive shaky outing from Dice-K to win opener

Originally Published: March 25, 2008
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

TOKYO -- If butterflies the size of Mothra fluttered inside Daisuke Matsuzaka's gut Tuesday, it would be understandable.

After all, he was only the Opening Day starter for the defending world champions. And he was pitching in his hometown. And he was returning for the first time to his native country, where he has been a national hero since high school and where there is a museum dedicated solely to him and where photographers have shadowed his every public step this trip. (Safety reminder: ...

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