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 Seriesif 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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