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Osae [押さえ]

Game 100: July 24, 2007 Red Sox 1 W: Daisuke Matsuzaka (12-7)H: Hideki Okajima (17)S: Jonathan Papelbon (23) 61-39, 5 game winning streak20-9-4 series record Indians 0 L: C.C. Sabathia (13-5) 58-42, 2 game losing streak19-12-2 series record Highlights: The Japanese word for closer is osae, pronounced oh-sah-eh. The word also carries connotations of weight or anchor, but Papelbon ain’t heavy, he’s our brother, and he’s tenth in the majors for saves. Daisuke Matsuzaka had just two 1-2-3 innings and walked three batters over the course of seven innings, and yet only a single Cleveland player made it within 90 feet of home. When runs threatened to score, as they did in the first and fourth, the rookie righty marshaled his resources and struck out the opposition. Jhonny Peralta whiffed in the first with the bases loaded and Ben Francisco and Josh Barfield hacked away in fourth with two men on. Although C.C. Sabathia compiled more strikeouts than his counterpart (seven compared to five), his team couldn’t muster a run against the trio of Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, and Jonathan Papelbon. Seven, five, and three are significant ages for children in Japan. There’s a Shichi Go San festival on November...


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