Daisuke Matsuzaka slips under radar

After years of fanfare, he's now the forgotten part of the Red Sox rotation

Updated: February 17, 2011, 1:53 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One of the most telling examples of how popular Daisuke Matsuzaka was after helping the Boston Red Sox win a World Series in his first season was the ovation that his translator, Harvard man Masa Hoshino, received when introduced at the home opener the following spring.

Well, Hoshino is gone now, having taken a job with a company on the West Coast. The new man, Kenta Yamada, made his debut Wednesday, and while he was clearly nervous and whiffed on a few responses, he ...

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