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Rising influence

Japanese stars have become players in US

Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka (left) and Hideki Okajima (right) are caught cavorting with the enemy -- Yankees left fielder Hideki Matsui -- as the countrymen exchange pleasantries before a spring game in Fort Myers. Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka (left) and Hideki Okajima (right) are caught cavorting with the enemy -- Yankees left fielder Hideki Matsui -- as the countrymen exchange pleasantries before a spring game in Fort Myers. (STAN GROSSFELD/GLOBE STAFF)
By Gordon Edes
Globe Staff / March 30, 2007

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He was a kid away from home for a summer overseas, playing minor league baseball in a California farm town where his bosses placed him because there were a few more people who spoke Japanese like he did. (Full article: 2428 words)

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