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Matsuzaka was the MVP of the World Baseball Classic for the second straight time, but his season debut more closely resembled his performance in Game 5 of last year's ALCS, when he gave up three homers in four innings. The Red Sox fell behind 7-0 before winning 8-7 to force the series back to Tampa Bay.
Notes: The Red Sox observed a moment of silence for Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed in a car crash early Thursday. ... It's the third time in Matsuzaka's career he has allowed three homers in a game. ... The Rays committed their first two errors of the season. ... Pedroia was presented with his 2008 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. Dwight Evans, who won both in 1981, took part in the ceremony. The other Red Sox players to win both awards in the same season were Ellis Burks (1990) and Jason Varitek (2005).
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