It's official, says Paul Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
The all-Japanese pitching matchup anticipated [today] won't happen. Neither the Pirates' Masumi Kuwata nor Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to pitch when the Pirates play the Red Sox in Fort Myers.
No, instead of the venerable Japanese starter, Zach Duke and Ian Snell will trot out for Pittsburgh. But that doesn't mean that this game will fly under the radar; the Japanese media will treat the contest with the same pomp and circumstance as game seven of the World Series—if not more.
The significance is magnificent. In one corner, the 5'8", 176 lbs. soft-tossing legend, reliant on smoke, mirrors and pinpoint control. In the other, a 6'0", 190 lbs. phenom, a $100 million import with (or without) a gyroball. A man whose...

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.