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Tazawa's Debut

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Tazawa's Debut
A good evening for Nichi-Bei baseball in the USA. Stayed up late last night watching three simultaneous marathons... (1) Yankees - Red Sox (2 - 0, 15 innings); (2) Braves - Dodgers (9 - 5, 12 innings); and Mariners - Rays (7 - 6, 11 innings). Ichiro had an electrifying two-run hit in the 7th that tied the score in Seattle and paved the way for an extra-innings win.

But it was Junichi Tazawa's debut in the Bronx that made the biggest noise (the third Japanese Red Sox pitcher of the night, after Okajima and Saito!). He looked sharp with a nifty change-up -- the first batter he faced was Hideki Matsui who flied out -- but unfortunately Alex Rodriguez tagged Tazawa for a dramatic two-run sayonara homer in the bottom of the 15th. A tough situation for a rookie, but I thought he demonstrated a lot of poise, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of him again soon.

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