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King Felix Eclipses Dice-K, One-Hits Sox

Suzuki-Matsuzaka matchup less riveting than anticipated
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2007 5:49 AM CDT
King Felix Eclipses Dice-K, One-Hits Sox
Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, right, greets Ichiro Suzuki, left, during a warming up before their baseball game against Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, April 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)    (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The much-ballyhooed matchup of Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki and Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka—MLB's best Japanese hitter versus its first-year Japanese pitching sensation—turned out to be far less impressive than the performance of Seattle's young ace, Felix Hernandez.  King Felix, who had just turned 21 on Sunday, had a no-hitter until J.D. Drew's 8th-inning single, Boston's only hit.

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Meanwhile, Matsuzaka gave up three runs in seven frames.  For his part, Suzuki went 0-for-5. (Read more MLB stories.)

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