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The New York Mets are the latest team to take a chance on Daisuke Matsuzaka.
The Mets signed the Japanese right-hander to a one-year contract on Thursday and plan to start him in the opener of a weekend series against the Detroit Tigers.
The 32-year-old Matsuzaka was released by Cleveland on Tuesday at his request. He had spent the entire season at Triple-A Columbus after failing to win a spot in Cleveland's rotation during spring training.
After working through early season injuries, Matsuzaka had pitched well in recent weeks, going 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 10 starts for the Clippers since July 2. He was 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 minor league starts overall.
The game against the Tigers will be Matsuzaka's first major league appearance since he went 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA in 11 starts for Boston last year.
Matsuzaka made his major league debut in 2007 after the Red Sox won a lucrative competition for his services from Japan's Seibu Lions. He got off to a fine start, winning 33 games and a World Series ring during his first two seasons in the majors.
Matsuzaka has been slowed by elbow issues since 2009, and he won only 17 games over the past four seasons for the Red Sox. He underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2011.
He lost out to Scott Kazmir in a battle for the fifth spot in Cleveland's rotation during spring training. Then he was hampered by a strained oblique muscle while in the minors before returning to better form.
Matsuzaka is 50-37 with a 4.52 ERA in 117 career games.
The Mets said they will announce a corresponding roster move before Friday night's game against Detroit.
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Daisuke Matsuzaka will get to face the Detroit Tigers afterall this season. It just will not come as a member of the Cleveland Indians.
Signed to a minor league deal with the Indians in the off-season the 32-year-old Matsuzaka never made it to the major leagues. Released two days ago, Matsuzaka was picked up by the New York Mets.
Matsuzaka will start for the Mets on Friday after...
The Mets signed
former Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka yesterday. Matsuzaka arrived in the
United States amongst much fanfare back in 2007. The Red Sox paid an
astronomical ransom of $51M posting fee to Japan to negotiate with him. Then
the BoSox signed him to a 6 year $52M contract.
live up to expectations, though he did have a solid season in 2008, his second
Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka asked for and was granted his release from the Cleveland Indians earlier this week. It didn’t take long for him to find a new employer.
The Japanese right-hander has agreed to a contract with the New York Mets, according to CBS Sports.com. According to the report, Matsuzaka will go straight to the big leagues for New York. The hurler hadn’t seen any...
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the New York Mets have signed former Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. Dice-K was granted his unconditional release by the Cleveland Indians earlier this week. With all of the injuries the Mets have suffered to their pitching staff (Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia), it appears that Matsuzaka will be slotted right into the major league rotation...
Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. The Actual Daisuke Matsuzaka to Pitch Today 2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game 3. Today’s Complete Schedule The Actual Daisuke Matsuzaka to Pitch Today The Purpose of This Post The purpose of this post is to announce how former Seibu […]
Daisuke Matsuzaka won't be wearing his lucky #18 on his new Mets uniform—and he might need it. Tonight, Dice-K makes his Mets debut (wearing Doc Gooden's old #16) against the vaunted Tigers lineup. The team made the announcement after it was widely rumored that he'd been inserted into the rotation immediately. The Mets have suffered a string of injuries to starting...
Daisuke Matsuzaka has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets and will make a start for the club tomorrow (Friday). Matsuzaka was previously with the Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers where he went 5-8 with a 3.92 earned run average. He had asked for his release and was granted it.
The move came about because pitcher Jeremy Hefner is considering going under...
Tweet The New York Mets, currently 18.5 games out of first place, have signed 32-year old Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to a contract. Matsuzaka was recently released from his minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, where he was 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA with their AAA-affiliate Columbus. Dice-K is scheduled to start for the […]
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According to cbssports.com, Daisuke Matsuzaka has a deal with the Mets, sources say.
Rumor has it, he is expected to go right to the big leagues with the Mets.
The Mets have suffered some injuries to their rotation lately, including Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia.
We here at New York Sports-Kings will keep you updated on the Byrd situation...
After spending all season in the minors, Daisuke Matsuzaka was no match for one of baseball's best lineups in his New York Mets debut.
Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer, Torii Hunter also connected and the hard-hitting Detroit Tigers tagged Matsuzaka early in his return to the big leagues, beating the Mets 6-1 on Friday night.
''I don't think he was rusty,'...
Daisuke Matsuzaka has a deal with the Mets sources say.
Word is he is expected to go right to the big leagues with the Mets.
The Mets have suffered some injuries to their rotation lately including Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia
In an effort to bolster the rotation after injuries to Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia, The Mets have signed Daisuke Matsuzaka, as reported by Jon Heyman. Matsuzaka is expected to go right to the 25-man roster and join the starting rotation. He hasn’t pitched in the MLB since 2012 with the Red Sox.
He was pitching with the Triple-A affiliate for the Cleveland Indians — and was...
Things can change incredibly fast in sports. Oftentimes it takes a familiar name in an unexpected headline to serve as a blunt reminder. In this case, it was reading the following that provided that jolt for me: Indians grant Daisuke Matsuzaka his unconditional release.
That was just one buried story among the many more prominent sports news items of the day. But, for me, it was...
Lost in the debut of Daisuke Matsuzaka last night, was the three-hit performance of third baseman Wilmer Flores, the player whose numbers were mostly the product of the Pacific Coast League, according to some so-called experts. Experts I took pride in calling out a couple of weeks ago, one of them projecting Flores as a .240-ish hitter in the majors.
It was the fourth multiple-hit...
At first glance of the boxscore, Daisuke Matsuzaka was who we thought he was. And there was no way that Miguel Cabrera would let him off the hook. Dice K gave up two home runs including a three run shot to Cabrera that tragically landed in somebody's pierogies in the Acela Club, and the Mets predictably lost to the Tigers 6-1.
Considering that Daisuke's outing was peppered...