Big leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched for the Salem Red Sox on Monday night at Salem Memorial Stadium where the Boston Red Sox right hander made a rehab start, following Tommy John surgery last summer.
A throng of reporters and media members from Asia were on hand to take in Dice K's first appearance on the mound in months.
The wind was whipping through the ballpark Monday night and that didn't help his cause.
The very first Wilmington batter, Whit Merrifield, smacked a home run to left field for a 1-0 Blue Rocks lead.
Still in the first, Brian Fletcher singled to the gap in leftcenter, scoring Cheslor Cuthbert. The Blue Rocks led 3-zip after one inning of play.
Dice K settled down a bit. He faced 18 batters, giving up six hits in four innings of work. He struck out 3 and gave up 3 runs.
But the Sox couldn't provide enough offense, falling 7 to 2 against the Blue Rocks.
A big-leaguer will be tonight's starting pitcher for the Salem Red Sox.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (also known as Dice-K) plays for Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox. He's in Salem on injury assignment after having arm surgery last year.
Matsuzaka is expected to be the starting pitcher tonight at Salem's LewisGale Field when the Red Sox take on the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 7:05 p.m.
Tonight's game opens a week-long homestand for Salem.
In five major league seasons with the Red Sox, Matsuzaka has a 49-30 record with a 4.25 earned-run average. He was part of Boston's 2007 World Series team as a rookie.
Salem's games on Saturday and Sunday at Potomac were rained out.