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Neck issue sets Matsuzaka back more

Updated: March 14, 2010, 12:54 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Whatever remote chance Daisuke Matsuzaka had of being ready for the start of the regular season all but vanished Saturday morning when he was unable to throw a batting practice session here because of stiffness in his neck.

"I don't think Opening Day was the end-all and be-all,'' Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "We just want to get him ready. I don't think that's the biggest decision we have right now. We just want to get him on the mound, get him going, get him ...

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