Daisuke Matsuzaka’s regular season debut with the Red Sox was perhaps the most highly anticipated in club history, and the Japanese ace did not disappoint yesterday, going seven innings giving up only one run and striking out 10 in a 4-1 Red Sox victory.

Jeff Goldberg looks at the “smashing success” which was Dice-K’s first start with the Red Sox. Gordon Edes says that Matsuzaka’s debut invoked memories of Pedro Martinez’s first start for the Red Sox back in 1998. Jeff Horrigan writes that Matsuzaka was “lights out” in his debut for the Red Sox. Sean McAdam says that Matsuzaka did the impossible by actually exceeding expectations yesterday. Bill Ballou has Dice-K feeling like it was just a normal day for him out there.

Dan Shaughnessy has the Red Sox pleased that the “moonfaced pitcher” (?) was able to get off to get off to a good start. Tony Massarotti says that Matsuzaka could soon own Boston just as Pedro and Roger Clemens did in their primes. Michael Silverman says Matsuzaka is as good as he seemed and the Red Sox have an ace on their hands.

Why the need rush to judgment after one game? Schilling was awful on opening day, and Massarotti and others write the next day suggesting that the guy is done. Matsuzaka has a very good debut and suddenly he’s the next coming of Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez. I still think a little more time is needed before making these calls, but this is the media world in which we live.

The Matsuzaka Watch blog has a look at how each member of the Royals lineup did against Dice-K. Nick Cafardo has the Kansas City and the Royals glad to see the Red Sox and the media throng following them leave town. Silverman also looks at the crush of U.S. media as well as the 125 credentialed members of the media from Japan who were in attendance. Kevin Gray has fans in NH and around the world enjoying Matsuzaka’s debut.

Massarotti says that the early returns indicate Red Sox spent wisely in other areas this offseason as well, as J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo were impressive this week.

Silverman has Jonathan Papelbon looking impressive in recording his first save of the season.

Edes’s notebook has more on Papelbon picking up his first save of the season. Horrigan’s notebook has Coco Crisp planning on wearing #42 to honor Jackie Robinson on April 15th. McAdam’s notebook has Papelbon returning to his dominant form of a year ago in his debut. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Crisp honoring Robinson next Sunday along with a number of other players. Ballou’s notebook has David Ortiz finding a way to help the team on the basepaths.

Patriots

Joe Fitzgerald remembers Darryl Stingley this morning, noting that while the hit on the field in ’78 ending his life as a football player, it started his life as a man. Bob Ryan says that Stingley was a man at peace with himself. John Tomase says that Stingley will always be linked with Jack Tatum, even in death. Shalise Manza Young has Tom Hoffman, who was at Stingley’s bedside for the first 23 days after the injury, and remained friends with him for the rest of life, talking about his memories of the man. Dan Pires notes that while his injury was tragic, Stingley’s life was anything but. John Altavilla says Stingley was an inspiration to the end.

Monte Poole of the Oakland Tribune has former Raiders coach John Madden talking about the hit on Stingley by his player, Jack Tatum.

The Masters

Jim McCabe has Arnold Palmer acing his new role as starter for The Masters.

Karen Guregian has Tiger Woods scuffling through his first round yesterday. McCabe has Justin Rose and Brett Wetterich sharing the lead after the first round. Bruce Berlet says it was a rough first round for many players. Guregian has Phil Mickelson still upbeat after posting a 76 (4 over) on the day. Jim Donaldson has Brett Quigley focusing on family this week.

McCabe’s notebook has Rose drawing on his experience from the 2004 Masters. Guregian’s notebook has Ernie Els with his work cut out for him after his 78 yesterday. Berlet’s notebook has Fairfield native J.J, Henry enjoying the early part of his day at The Masters.

Celtics

Christopher L. Gasper has Kevinn Pinkney earning his keep with the Celtics after an impressive NBA debut on Wednesday night. Steve Bulpett says that if we see Paul Piece on the floor again this season, it will be his call, as the Doctors have advised him to sit it out.

Other

David Scott is back with an all new edition of Scott’s Shots. Susan Bickelhaupt looks at ESPN and Channel 38 ramping up MLS soccer coverage. Bill Doyle has Golf Channel remaining on Charter Communications after an earlier threat to pull out.

I have no idea what to say about this. Just wow.

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