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Daisuke Matsuzaka

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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Dice-K starts comeback bid in Japan with solid outing
NISHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) ? Daisuke Matsuzaka made the first start of his comeback in Japan on Wednesday, returning to the scene of one of his most memorable pitching performances.

Dice-K return in Japan starts in familiar place
Daisuke Matsuzaka made the first start of his comeback in Japan on Wednesday, returning to the scene of one of his most memorable pitching performances.

Matsuzaka makes return to mound
Pitching in his first real game in Japan since the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to the... Read more ...

Dice-K could face rocky transition
Video of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in the bullpen on Thursday, posted online by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, revealed nothing spectacular or... Read more ...

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Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. NISHINOMIYA, HYOGO PREF. ? Pitching in his first real game in Japan since the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to the mound where he made his name on Wednesday.

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Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. Video of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in the bullpen on Thursday, posted online by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, revealed nothing spectacular or particularly revelatory. If anything, Matsuzaka resembled the pitcher he?s always been.

Red Sox, BC honor Frates, donate No. 3 jerseys to his ALS fund
Pete Frates, a lifelong Red Sox fan and former captain of the Boston College baseball team, couldn't be there Tuesday to see his two favorite squads meet up at JetBlue Park. Yet if you looked around during the seven-inning contest between the Red Sox and BC, Frates was everywhere.

NL East preview: Preseason look at New York Mets
Strong, young starting pitching gives the Mets hope of breaking a losing cycle.

Buckley: Red Sox, BC to honor Pete Frates in exhibition
FORT MYERS ? Unless Dustin Pedroia takes one off the ear or David Ortiz comes up lame while running down the line, today?s doubleheader against Northeastern University and Boston College won?t require any heavy lifting for the Red Sox. But there may be a few heavy hearts. When the Sox take on BC in the second of the two seven-inning games, players on both squads will be wearing No. 3 jerseys in ...

Buckley: For Pete Frates, 3 cheers
FORT MYERS ? Unless Dustin Pedroia takes one off the ear or David Ortiz comes up lame while running down the line, today?s doubleheader against Northeastern University and Boston College won?t require any heavy lifting for the Red Sox. But there may be a few heavy hearts. When the Sox take on BC in the second of the two seven-inning games, players on both squads will be wearing No. 3 jerseys in ...

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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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  • Birth Date:
    1980-09-13

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