Found June 09, 2012 on NESN.com:
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Three hundred and sixty-four days after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Red Sox fans will finally get a look at a newly healed Daisuke Matsuzaka. The righty, who was perhaps the most hyped Sox signing in decades, has spent the past few months rehabbing his arm and experiencing various complications along the way. But at long last, Matsuzaka will make his return to the mound against the young and somewhat offensively threatening Washington Nationals on Saturday. The question now becomes how effective he can be. Matsuzaka currently holds a 49-30 career record with a career 4.25 ERA and 568 strikeouts. But...
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