Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 7-6

When Daisuke Matsuzaka was first asked at his introductory news conference in December what he knew about the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, he likened it to something with which he was familiar: the Hanshin Tigers vs.

the Yomiuri Giants.

Just a guess from this side of the pond, but it's doubtful Japan ever has witnessed the likes of Matsuzaka's baptism into baseball's version of Athens-Sparta last night before a packed house of 36,905 in Fenway Park.

Never in the 106 prev...