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Native son Dice-K will start Red Sox opener; Beckett throws again Monday

Updated: March 18, 2008, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will start Boston's regular-season opener against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo on March 25.

"I think that will be a ton of excitement," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Monday's exhibition game against the New York Yankees. "I know he's honored."

Jon Lester will pitch the second of the two-game series with the A's in Japan on March 26.

Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield will be on the hill for exhibition ...

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