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A Japanese baseball pitcher, Daisuke Matsuzaka first earned fame in Japan as a high school standout and then as the ace for the Seibu Lions. He throws two-seam and four-seam fastballs along with a plus curve and a plus slider. Matsuzaka was the ace for Japan in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics as well as the 2006 World Baseball Classic, in which he won the championship game.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Demoted to New York Mets' Triple-A Affiliate
Daisuke Matsuzaka will not be the fifth starter for the New York Mets to start the 2014 season after losing the spring training battle to Jenrry Mejia. Dice-K will instead take a trip to Triple-A for the time being, as reported by SportsCenter: Matsuzaka had a strong spring with a 1-1 record, eight earned runs allowed, 25 strikeouts and a 3.05 ERA. He had an especially strong showing Saturday ...

Mets keep Dice-K after impressive pre-season
Daisuke Matsuzaka appears to have earned a place in the rotation for the New York Mets after the Major League Baseball team paid him $100,000 on Tuesday to retain his rights. The Mets had until Tuesday to release the 33-year-old Japanese right-handed pitcher or pay him the money. The move came a day after Matsuzaka scattered three hits and walked three in six innings of work in a 5-3 victory ...

Mets option Matsuzaka to minors
The New York Mets optioned veteran right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.

Daisuke Matsuzaka Demoted To Mets? Triple-A Team Despite Solid Spring
The New York Mets reassigned veteran right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to Triple-A Las Vegas, the team...

Daisuke Matsuzaka appears to be the Mets? fifth starter
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Daisuke Matsuzaka is ?seemingly locked? in as the Mets? fifth starter. Terry Collins is not totally committing yet, saying after yesterday?s solid Dice-K outing that his competition,Jenrry Mejia, is still ?in the mix,? but Collins also alluded to Matsuzaka?s veteran status ? ?he?s done it before and he?s done?

Mets come from behind after Dice-K fans five
Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out five as he continues to zero in on the fifth starter's job, and the Mets rallied in the fifth and sixth innings before securing the 5-4 win on Andrew Brown's walk-off single in the ninth.

Mets purchase right to send Dice-K to Minors
The price of flexibility is $100,000. That's what the Mets paid Daisuke Matsuzaka on Tuesday to satisfy a contractual clause, thereby preserving their right to send him to the Minors.

Matsuzaka ?shocked? by minor league demotion
The New York Mets on Saturday reassigned Daisuke Matsuzaka to Triple-A Las Vegas, a move that shocked the veteran right-hander. The 33-year-old... Read more ...

Mets' Triple-A starting pitchers on a roll
The Mets' Triple-A pitchers continue knocking on the Major League door. One day after Daisuke Matsuzaka carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning for Triple-A Las Vegas, Rafael Montero did likewise in a win over Fresno.

Cabrera hits long homer as Tigers lose to Mets 5-4
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- When two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera walked to the plate for his second at-bat, one Detroit Tigers fan shouted, ''Hit one out Miggy!'' Cabrera obliged by sending a Daisuke Matsuzaka fastball deep over the center-field wall Tuesday in a 5-4 split-squad loss to the New York Mets. ''He made some good pitches, but I was able to work the count to 3-1 and then I was able to ...

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In Japan's national high school tournament, Matsuzaka threw back-to-back complete game wins, throwing 250 pitches, then pitched an inning in relief the next day. On the fourth day, he started again and again got the win with a complete game, throwing about 400 pitches in four days.
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