Red Sox, A's to start '08 season in Japan; Will Dice-K be there?

Updated: November 14, 2007, 9:27 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox will open the 2008 season in Tokyo, and the World Series champions could be leaving Japan's biggest baseball star behind.

Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka might miss Boston's March 25-26 series against the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome because his wife is expecting to deliver their second baby around that time. Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said the team and the commissioner's office were aware of the potential conflict.

"We're hopeful that their ...

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