Japanese phenom

Daisuke Matsuzaka

struck out 10 over seven innings in beating Kansas City in his big-league debut Thursday. The game was televised live (at 3 a.m.) in Japan and covered by 150 Japanese media members.

Even more are expected when Matsuzaka makes his Fenway Park debut Wednesday night against Seattle. Flashbulbs will pop when Matsuzaka delivers his first pitch in that game. The Mariners' leadoff man, of course, is another Japanese legend - Ichiro Suzuki.