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The Red Sox showed why they’re the WORLD Series Champions, by every meaning of the phrase.
The Sox have impressed thus far in Japan, beating the Hanshin Tigers and Yomuri Giants in exhibition play. In the first game against the Tigers, the Red Sox won 6-5. David Ortiz and J.D. Drew had home runs as the Sox beat their Japanese equivalent. The Tigers are most-often compared to the Red Sox due to thier fantastic following.
In the second game on Sunday morning, the Sox again won, this time 9-2 over the Yomuri Giants in the Tokyo Dome. J.D. Drew belted another homer, this time a grand slam. He had 7 RBIs in the two exhibition games. After the win over the Giants, he said, simply, “[I’m] Mr. Japan.”
Sox righty Daisuke Matsuzaka will start on Opening Day (Tuesday) in his first game back in his native country while playing for a major league team.