KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Kenshin Kawakami relished the opportunity
to match up against fellow countryman Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Matsuzaka allowed two hits and an earned run over five innings
in his return to the Boston Red Sox from the World Baseball
Classic. Kawakami gave up a two-run homer to Rocco Baldelli for his
only runs, and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the Red Sox 4-3
in 10 innings on Monday.
More than 30 Japanese media members in the press box made the
game a bit more intense for the starters.
Kawakami, who was signed by the Braves this winter after
starring in Japan, pitched six innings and gave up four hits.