Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 2-1

OAKLAND, Calif. - The homecoming dance was a disappointment.

"It's something I can only say in hindsight," Daisuke Matsuzaka said last night, "but it would have been nice to pitch better in the Tokyo Dome than I did."

But that was a one-shot deal, pitching for the Red Sox in his native land. In last night's 2-1 Sox win over the Oakland Athletics, two teams who opened the 2008 season in Japan, Matsuzaka returned to his adopted country and served notice that he may be ...