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A-Rod takes backseat to Matsui

A-Rod's debut as a Yankee didn't quite match the hype that surrounded his offseason exodus from Texas.

Originally Published: March 30, 2004
By Mai Yoshikawa | Special to ESPN.com

TOKYO -- Alex Rodriguez said from the start this is Hideki Matsui's time to be in the limelight.

A-Rod's departure from the Texas Rangers in February was said to be the "trade of the century," but he had to play second fiddle to Matsui in the Yankees' first trip to Japan in 49 years.

"I'm excited. It's a new chapter in my career and today is the start of a long journey," said A-Rod before the season opener against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tokyo Dome.

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