Despite the minor hitch, the 26-year-old remains first in wins among Major League rookies. Though adjusting to American professional baseball often takes a bit of time, Farrell isn't, and wasn't, surprised the Japanese righty hasn't faltered.
"The success that he had [in Japan], combined with the talents that he possesses, makes him a pretty special individual," Farrell said. "What we've come to find over the first half of the season is an undeniable, competitive spirit, a tremendous teammate and someone who really cares.
"I think the success he's had is just a byproduct of all of those elements."
The Rays will give lefty Scott Kazmir the ball to oppose Matsuzaka. At 23, Kazmir's already got a fairly impressive portfolio as well. The southpaw fireballer has battled high pitch counts throughout this season as a result of tweaks to his delivery, but seems on the upswing of the setback.
The two starters have faced off once this season, Dice-K emerging with a win after he held the Rays scoreless through eight innings in the 4-1 victory.
BOS: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (12-7, 3.79 ERA)
Last time out, Dice-K snapped a three-start slump by firing seven scoreless innings against the Indians and limiting Cleveland to four hits while fanning five. So far, he's held left-handed opponents to .208 hitting in his 21-game career.
TB: LHP Scott Kazmir (7-7, 4.02 ERA)
Is on a hot streak over his past two games in which he's defeated Cy Young winners Roger Clemens (Yankees) and Bartolo Colon (Angels) in conseutive outings. During that 13-inning span, he's allowed just one earned run, seven hits and five walks, while fanning 13.
Player to watch
Mike Lowell is hitting .308 (4-for-13) in his career against Kazmir, with a home run and two RBIs.
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