The manager thinks the team will have to work out the language barrier that exists with Daisuke Matsuzaka, particularly pitching coach John Farrell and catcher Jason Varitek. Francona knows this much: "When I go out there he's coming out of the game. John and Jason have to work on it a little bit." Francona said he was pleased with Farrell's visit to the West Coast to meet with Matsuzaka. Francona said he's also communicated with Matsuzaka through e-mail, which has been translated to the pitcher, greeting him to the team.
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