Only a Day Away

Opening-K

The Sox were given a well earned day off, but that didn't stop opening day starting pitcher (and notorious workout warrior) Daisuke Matsuzaka from showing up at Fenway. He did some throwing and running in the outfield, then, as he was finishing up and headed for the clubhouse, he decided to take a detour and walked out to the mound to check on the condition of the hill. The mound was covered, and the grounds crew was working on the field, so Matsuzaka, without a baseball in his hand (which he had covered by his jersey sleeve to ward off the cold air) took a couple of pretend throws to get the feel of  the mound. The mesage on the Green Monster behind him reads 1 Day Til Opening Day.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

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