MLB– One Roll of the Dice Daisuke Matsuzaka

He’s the third starter in the Boston Red Sox’s rotation but he could be the team’s number one man. Daisuke Matsuzaka—a.k.a. Dice K—was impressive in his first MLB start going 7 innings, notching 10 strikeouts and giving up 1 earned run.

Ever since the Sox signed Dice, there’s been a media buzz about him. Here are a few highlights from the game against the Royals, which Beantown won 4- 1. In the second inning, Dice recorded two “Ks.� The first one, his first MLB strikeout, was on a 94 MPH fastball to Ryan Shealy. Shealy would strike out three times against him. Right after that Goad went down swinging.

After giving up a hit in the first inning to leadoff man David DeJesus, Dice did not give up a hit until the fifth inning. The one run came off a DeJesus’ homer in the sixth.

Dice struck out the side in the fourth.

In his final inning of work, the seventh, he struck out two batters.

Finally—a note on closer John Papelbon, who finished the game off in the ninth and notched the save. He did not give up a hit, did not walk anyone and struck out two. He threw 13 pitches, only two of which were balls.

The game was played in 36-degree blustery weather, which did not seem to affect Dice K at all. It’s a long season and a good beginning for the $52 million man.

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