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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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Hawks on track to add Matsuzaka
Free-agent pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has apparently decided to return to Japanese baseball with the Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who... Read more ...

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Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. I'm coming home: Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 2007-2012 and the New York Mets from 2013-2014 during his eight seasons in the major leagues.

Report: Daisuke Matsuzaka To Receive Lucrative Offer From Japanese Team
Daisuke Matsuzaka wants to start, and he might have that opportunity in his native country....

Daisuke Matsuzaka has a multi-year offer to return to Japan
Matsuzaka left Japan in 2007 to sign a six-year, $52 million contract with the Red Sox and had immediate success, but dating back to 2009 he's combined to throw 418 innings with a 5.10 ERA.

Report: Dice-K nearing return to pitch in Japan
Report: Dice-K nearing return to pitch in Japan

MLB hot stove: Daisuke Matsuzaka has offer from Japanese team, per report
The right-handed pitcher reportedly has a contract offer from the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks that would pay him approximately $3.5 million per season.

deGrom's consistency makes him NL ROY favorite
With a respectful nod to Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton, who provided more than his share of must-see moments on the bases and in the field, and to fellow finalist Kolten Wong of the Cardinals, it was Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom who compiled the NL's most consistent and most impressive rookie resume.

Red Sox On Verge Of Big Free Agent Splash: Smart Money Or Desperation?
Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez aren't superstars, yet that's how Boston appears ready to pay them.

Mets to target corner outfielder during Hot Stove season
Over the past six weeks, the Mets hired a hitting coach, moved in their fences and extended the contract of general manager Sandy Alderson, checking three boxes off their offseason to-do list. But the most pressing issue still remains for a Mets club on the precipice of playoff contention -- a legitimate corner-outfield bat.

MLB stars aim to 'put on a good show' in Japan Series
After months of planning, days of workouts, a dozen hours in the air and not nearly enough sleep, the show will begin Tuesday night in Nishinomiya, Japan. The MLB All-Stars will take on a combined team of Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers in an exhibition that manager John Farrell plans to treat somewhat like an All-Star Game.

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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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