As for his plunking of his opponent Alex Rodriguez in the first inning, this is what Matsuzaka had to say for himself:
“With such a hot and talented batter, the thing you want to do as a pitcher is pitch inside to him,” Matsuzaka said. “As I was watching the games the previous two nights I didn’t really think we were pitching too inside to him, so I was definitely very conscious of pitching inside to him.
“But hitting him on that pitch was purely an accident.”
We know that's what you had to say, Dice-K, but you can't argue with results - after hitting A-Rod on their first meeting and reclaiming that inside corner of the plate, Matsuzaka went on to strike out Rodriguez two times, keeping his white-hot bat silent while he was on the mound.
Keep those 'accidents' coming, Daisuke, and you'll do just fine in Red Sox Nation.