Let Japan Pay His Salary
Daisuke Matsuzaka kicks dirt on the mound during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, California April 14, 2009.

Matsuzaka's One and Done
Seriously, Send Team Japan a Bill for $8 Million Plus the Perks
Bud Selig's WBC Marketing Ploy Has Cost the Sox a Pitcher,
And Maybe the Pennant

A rare moment of truth from Tito: "He's got some... general soreness or fatigue. He came out of the WBC and I think all the things we harped on and worried about kinda came to fruition. He probably ramped up a little too quick and now we're paying the price for that. So we're going to have to check him out tomorrow and see where we stand." -- Terry Francona to NESN's Heidi Watney, postgame

Red Sox Rolled Again in Oakland | Late Night Box: A's 6, Slump Sox 5
Mazz: Matsuzaka, Sox Already Scrambling
Justin Time: Masterson Sharp, Back in the Rotation Mix
Even a Standing O from Woodland on Pedroia's Stab at Second Base
If You Stayed Up Until 2:30 to Watch That Debacle, Raise Your Hand
Big Popup Goes 0-for-5, Ends 10th With Bases Jacked, .172, 5 Singles on the Season
This Just In: New Uni Sox Can't Cash In, Leave Everyone On Base Again
Did You Know? Nick Swisher Was Scheduled to Fly In and Pitch the 13th for Boston
Javier Lopez Wants to Give Okajima a Run At the Worst Lefty Award
Shocking: Just Two Runs Scored on the Season for the Overhyped Leadoff Hitter
Do You Mind If We Take Another Peek at Papi's Birth Certificate Again?
Last Thing We Need: Green May Not Be Ready, and Lowrie May Need Surgery
Stop the Presses: Nomar Leaves Game Early with Injury

It's a Hara Show for Boston

Team Japan's manager Tatsunori Hara takes the ball from Daisuke Matsuzaka (R), as catcher Kenji Johjima watches, in the fifth inning during the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic against Team USA in Los Angeles, California March 22, 2009

Regarding Daisuke, Tatsunori Didn't Want to Hear from Tito

Back on March 2, Team Japan manager Tatsunori Hara was in charge of our $103 million import: The Red Sox keep tabs on Matsuzaka in Japan through team massage therapist Takanori Maeda, whose access to Matsuzaka "has been limited," Francona said. Maeda gives updates to interpreter Masa Hoshino, who relays them to pitching coach John Farrell, who relays them to Francona.

"So there's a few channels," Francona said. "There's no other way to do it. We can't go over there and watch. And it's their team. I'll be glad when he's back and throwing the ball well. There's no other way to get around it."

Francona has spoken with managers of other WBC teams about the workload of Red Sox players, and he offered a line of communication with Japan's manager, Tatsunori Hara.

"There didn't seem to be a lot of interest," Francona said. "So we didn't push it. You hope you're talking to somebody, it's almost like a partner. And if it doesn't come across as that, it doesn't do any good just to offend somebody. -- 3.2.09, Boston Globe Red Sox notebook

Mainich Daily Archives: 'Red Sox Fans Can't Understand Why Matsuzaka
Is Putting Such Great Effort into the WBC'

Mazz on March 23: Too Much, Too Soon for Dice-K
Survey: Do You Blame the WBC?

Now Leaving Sportstown USA ...

They're the Choakland A's
(BDD Photo Illustration)

The Red Sox Are 3-12 in Their Last 15 Games in Oakland
And Now Wakefield Is In a Must-Win Situation Today

Beckett Suspended for 6 Games for Letting the Ball Slip Near Bobby Abreu's Head
What Was Josh Supposed to Do? Hug Abreu? Stop in the Windup and Injure Himself?
Or, You Know, Just Not Fire a Ball at His Head and BS About It Later?

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