Red Sox and pitcher apart as deadline looms

Updated: December 13, 2006, 10:00 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

BOSTON -- Trying to close financial gaps across a negotiating table has been far more tedious for Red Sox officials than the cross-country flight they took in hopes of signing Daisuke Matsuzaka.

With a deadline of midnight ET on Thursday for reaching an agreement with the Japanese pitching star, there were no indications that progress was made with agent Scott Boras during talks Tuesday at his office in Newport Beach, Calif., some 45 miles south of Los Angeles.

The sides apparently ...

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