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Daisuke Matsuzaka a success story from the start

Red Sox’ investment in Japanese pitchers paved way to title

Late in Game 4 of the World Series, teammates burst into laughter and pointed toward Daisuke Matsuzaka’s head.

Coco Crisp had strategically placed a bubble gum balloon atop the 27-year-old righthander’s cap without him noticing.

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