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Dice-K at the K

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Aya Sawaguchi(far right) and her family recently moved to Overland Park, Kansas from Japan. They came to Kauffman Stadium to watch Daisuke Matsuzaka?s first game with the Boston Red Sox, against the Royals.

By Sylvia Maria Gross


Kansas City, MO – The Royals played their season-opener this week against the Red Sox. They started off winning unexpectedly, 7-1 on Tuesday . . . but just as the weather chilled in Kansas City, so did the Royals luck. And they lost the next two games. But the games themselves were overshadowed by the major league pitching debut of a Japanese superstar . . . Daisuke Matsuzaka. He's becoming known in the US as Dice-K.

KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was at Kauffman on Thursday and talked to fans who had come from around the country, and some 200 reporters from around the world. And she followed a few of those reporters over to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This story was produced for KC Currents.

Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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