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Aggressive Matsuzaka starts on road to redemption with brilliant outing

Updated: September 19, 2009, 10:58 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- When Daisuke Matsuzaka left the Red Sox after last season and went home to Japan, he was handed an offseason workout plan. Like each player on the team, Matsuzaka was expected to follow his exercises so that when the season started, his body would be in shape.

Much to Red Sox officials' ire, that didn't happen this past winter. When they saw Matsuzaka pitching in the World Baseball Classic with a chubbier face and more weight on his frame, it added to a growing internal frustration ...

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