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Overlooked import is Red Sox's best set-up man

Originally Published: April 27, 2007
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

In the first week of March, after he made his Red Sox spring training debut with considerably less fanfare than his far more celebrated countryman and teammate, Hideki Okajima was asked how he felt pitching in the shadow of Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Okajima, answering in Japanese, gave a polite, stock reply. But then as he listened to the next question, he had another thought.

Turning his attention again to the previous question, Okajima wryly added: "I am willing to be a hero in the dark."

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