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Red Sox make moves to help Matsuzaka feel welcome

Updated: December 9, 2006, 6:52 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox starter Curt Schilling and pitching coach John Farrell are learning Japanese so they will be able to talk to Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima.

The Red Sox signed Okajima, a left-handed reliever, and bid $51.11 million for the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka. They have 30 days to negotiate a contract with the MVP of the World Baseball Classic. That deadline looms Thursday night.

The Red Sox have said they will not comment on the negotiations.

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