It's definitely not standard procedure to introduce a minor-league signing to the media, but Daisuke Matsuzaka isn't your ordinary minor-league free agent. Matsuzaka came to the US six years ago after a brilliant career in Japan. He was (and still is) a household name in Japan, so when he reported to camp, he needed to meat the media. 20 Japanese reporters attended today's press conference.

The most interesting portions of the conference came when Matsuzaka gave his reasons for choosing Cleveland over other clubs:

Matsuzaka had three offers, but chose the Indians because he wanted to be reunited with Francona and he wanted to pitch in the American League.

"I want to pitch against Boston," he said.