After flying out in the second inning, former Husker Alex Gordon broke through to lead off the fifth inning as he notched his first career major league hit on a single to left field.
However, Dice-K proved to be worthy of his hype. Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out ten in seven innings in his major league debut as Boston beat Kansas City 4 to 1.
The Japanese pitching star used an array of fastballs, changeups and breaking pitches to retire ten in a row at one point and pick up the win. He scattered six hits, including a home run to David DeJesus.
Matzusaka left Japanese ball to sign a six-year, 52 million-dollar deal with the Red Sox in the off-season.
Manny Ramirez supplied an r-b-i single in the first and Julio Lugo scored on an error in the third to give Matzusaka all the run support he would need.
Zach Greinke took the loss for the Royals.
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