Bids start at $1,000 for charity sushi dinner with Dice-K

BOSTON -- Dinner with Dice-K can be yours -- sushi included -- if you're willing to write a big check to his chosen charity.

Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is auctioning off a sushi dinner for five -- including him and his wife, Tomoyo -- to benefit a children's charity, Good Sports. The opening bid for the eBay auction that runs through June 7 was $1,000.

The auction includes dinner in a private dining room at the Japanese restaurant Haru in Boston, which is described in the listing as serving "inventive Japanese cuisine." A translator will be provided.

"Get out your chopsticks for this once in a lifetime opportunity!" the listing said.

Good Sports aims to increase youth participation in sports, fitness and recreational programs by providing athletic equipment and apparel to those who can't afford it.

Matsuzaka is 8-0 with a 2.53 ERA this season after leaving his last start Tuesday night with what the team said was a tired shoulder.