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Tavarez has helped Dice-K adjust to life in the majors

Originally Published: October 15, 2007
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

CLEVELAND -- One of them speaks a type of Spanish that can be difficult to understand -- even for his fellow countrymen. The other is Japanese and prefers to talk with actions, not words.

Julian Tavarez doesn't speak Japanese but can communicate in English. Daisuke Matsuzaka doesn't speak Spanish and knows only some basic words in English.

Those disadvantages haven't been obstacles for the veteran Dominican reliever and the Japanese pitcher, and the two have formed a unique ...

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