Daisuke is currently nursing a sore back but expects to return for the NPB All-Star Game, where he very well may start, since he is leading vote getter. That's right. Daisuke Matsuzaka might start the Japanese ASG.
So, this didn't go so hot. He started the first ASG (of two), and threw 30 pitches in his 1 IP. 4 H including 2 HR, for 5 ER. And he hit a guy. Oh well.Context please.
Which one sucks?
In other Japanese ex-Sox news, Yomiuri Giants RP Koji Uehara is two holds away from putting up 100 Wins, 100 Saves, 100 Holds combined across his combined NPB/MLB career. He'd be the first Japanese pitcher to reach all of those milestones (I have no idea if non-Japanese pitchers have done so). Here's a video the Giants put together, with some horrible music: