Japanese pitchers facing off: Kawakami vs Matsuzaka

Today (June 19, 2009) at Fenway Park in Boston, two Japan-born pitchers will start the game against each other in the match up of Kenshin Kawakami for the Atlanta Braves and Daisuke Matsuzaka for the Boston Red Sox. This is the 5th time that has happened in the history of MLB. Here are the all 5 match-ups in the past:

  • May 7, 1999
    Seattle Mariners Mac Suzuki vs New York Yankees Hideki Irabu
    Retrosheet box score
  • July 2, 2000
    Detroit Tigers Hideo Nomo vs Kansas City Royals Mac Suzuki
    Retrosheet box score
  • June 19, 2002
    Montreal Expos Tomokazu Ohka vs Kansas City Royals Mac Suzuki
    Retrosheet box score
  • May 9, 2007
    Red Sox Daisuke Matsuzaka vs Toronto Blue Jays Tomokazu Ohka
    Retrosheet box score
  • June 19, 2009
    Red Sox Daisuke Matsuzaka vs Atlanta Braves Kenshin Kawakami
    MLB Game Day

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