Jason Varitek on Daisuke Matsuzaka:
He did very well. He did all of the above, as expected. He ran into a jam right away. He pitched right out of it. When you get in a jam your first time out ... I don't care who you are or where you're from, you don't want to give up a run there. He didn't.Matsuzaka:
I am not 100 percent satisfied with how I pitched today, but considering the time of the season, when it is now, it's an OK level right now. ... What I would like to know is what the strike zone is all about in Major League Baseball and how the batters will react. Those will be the two issues that I will be looking for.MLB has video and photos. ... John Farrell talks about Dice's arsenal of pitches.
Hideki Okajima, the team's other Japanese pitcher, made his spring debut with a perfect fifth inning on Friday against the Blue Jays. He said he was "very nervous and excited". He retired the side on an infield pop, a grounder to short and a fly ball to left. As far as "sharing" the spotlight with Dice-K, Okajima said: "I am willing to be a hero in the dark."
Runelvys Hernandez, on the other hand, did not do well. The Blue Jays battered him for six runs and seven hits, including three consecutive doubles followed by a three-run homer. ... Kyle Snyder walked two Jays on eight pitches in the first inning, but ended up with two scoreless innings and four strikeouts.
Manny Ramirez fouled out and walked in two plate appearances yesterday. ... Craig Hansen threw on the side, but Mike Timlin will have to wait another three or four days or so.