JUPITER, Fla. (AP) _ Daisuke Matsuzaka reached to snare a line
drive, then grinned and bowed to his shortstop.
It turns out the rookie from Japan is a pretty good fielder.
He can pitch, too: Matsuzaka threw three scoreless innings for
the Boston Red Sox when he faced major league hitters for the first
Dice-K allowed two hits, walked one and struck out three to help
Boston beat the Florida Marlins 14-6 in 10 innings. The
right-hander threw 47 pitches, 31 for strikes, including a
first-pitch strike to 10 of 12 batters. He escaped a one-out jam in
the second after giving up a walk and a double.
His fastball topped out at a brisk 151 _ that's kilometers per
hour, as measured by Japanese T-V. It translates to 94 miles per
Matsuzaka made the trip from the Red Sox complex in Fort Myers
Matsuzaka remained right on schedule in his transition from
Japan's Pacific League to the American League. He signed a 52 (m)
million-dollar, six-year contract after Boston agreed to pay the
Seibu Lions 51 (m) million dollars for his rights.
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