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Bugged by Dice-K conferences

CLEVELAND -- A press conference with Daisuke Matsuzaka is basically an exercise in futility. The Red Sox have a Harvard-educated translator for Dice-K and he does an excellent job giving reporters both the questions (if they're asked by a Japanese reporter) and the responses. The problem is that Dice-K basically says nothing.

Asked to assess his season to date Sunday, Dice-K said, "I think I'll answer that question when everything is done with." Asked what he learned from Curt Schilling in Game Two vis-a-vis pitching the Indians, he said, "I'd prefer not to talk about that here."

That's how most of his answers are. Bland. Bland. Bland. At least Matsuzaka showed some personality when asked about the Lake Erie midges that plagued Joba Chamberlain last week.

Said Dice-K to a room full of laughter: "I did bring along some bug spray."

Added manager Terry Francona: "Any time there's been bugs on my body, I'm not sure I felt real comfortable talking about it. I don't know what to say. It's kind of like rain. If it rains, you handle it. Snow, cold, you handle it. I guess if there's bugs, you get bug spray."

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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