Dice'K-s wife gives birth, clearing way for Japan trip

Updated: March 16, 2008, 9:50 AM ET
Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka's wife has given birth to a boy.

That clears the way for Boston's right-hander to travel to Japan with his teammates. He could start in his homeland in the regular-season opener March 25 against Oakland.

The Red Sox had said it was uncertain whether Dice-K would make the trip because of his wife's pregnancy. The team flies Wednesday to Tokyo for two exhibition games against Japanese teams and two regular season games against Oakland.

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