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Red Sox' Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima Turn Attention Towards Japan

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that followed is a terrible tragedy that unfortunately also is being felt by the Boston Red Sox. Pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima are both from Japan, and both still have family living there. Dice-K said he immediately knew something was wrong when he awoke Thursday morning to missed calls and e-mails on his phone. 

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"I woke up in the morning and tried calling but wasn't able to get through,'' said Matsuzaka. "So, I emailed them and was able to get through with that. I contacted my family, a few of my friends and they all seem to be all right.''

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Matsuzaka said that his parents and other family members and friends are safe, as are Okajima's. Dice-K, however, has been unable to reach his grandmother who lives in the Aomori prefecture, near to where the earthquake hit.

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He sounded unsettled by the enormity of the event and how difficult it was to digest what had happened.

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"It was definitely shocking waking up and hearing the news - just receiving an email and reading it, I wasn't able to take in exactly what it was,'' said Matsuzaka. "But once I turned on the television and saw what was going on, it was quite shocking and very scary to see that.''

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