TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will start the Boston Red Sox's regular-season opener against the Oakland Athletics in Toyko on March 25.
``I think that will be a ton of excitement,'' Boston manager Terry Francona said before Monday's exhibition game against the New York Yankees. ``I know he's honored.''
John Lester will pitch the second game of the two-game series with the Athletics in Japan on March 26.
Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield will be on the hill for exhibition games in Japan prior to the regular-season contests.
Matsuzaka was scheduled to return to camp Monday after missing the previous two days following the birth of his son Saturday.

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