DAISUKE MATSUZAKA NEWS

Dice-K begins comeback bid, makes first start in Japan

  Daisuke Matsuzaka is making a comeback.   The former Boston Red Sox pitcher made his first start Wednesday with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League. Matsuzaka had two strikeouts, two walks and allowed four hits on 57 pitches over three scoreless innings in the team’s 3-0 win over the Hanshin Tigers. “It’s been a long time since I pitched...
Via NESN.com
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

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. After eight seasons in Major League Baseball, Matsuzaka is looking to rebuild his career with the Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League. The 34-year-old right-hander struck out two batters while giving...
Via AP on Fox
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox Daisuke Matsuzaka Returns To Japan After Eight MLB Seasons

This embed is invalid" /> FUKUOKA, Japan — Daisuke Matsuzaka has signed a contract with the Softbank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League after eight years in Major League Baseball. The 34-year-old right-hander, who went 3-3 with 78 strikeouts and a 3.89 ERA for the New York Mets in 2014, led the Pacific League in wins three times with the Seibu Lions...
Via NESN.com
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Matsuzaka returns to Japan to pitch for Softbank

FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) Daisuke Matsuzaka has signed a contract with the Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League after eight years in Major League Baseball. The 34-year-old right-hander, who went 3-3 with 78 strikeouts and a 3.89 ERA for the New York Mets in 2014, led the Pacific League in wins three times with the Seibu Lions before signing a six-year, $52 million contract with the...
Via AP on Fox
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka headed back to Japan to continue career

Daisuke Matsuzaka has decided it's time to take a break from Major League Baseball, and head back to Japan to sign with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, according to Aaron Gleeman with NBC Sports. #77078132 / gettyimages.com Daisuke spent six seasons with the Boston Red Sox, and the past two years with the New York Mets. He signed a 6 year, $52 million contract with the Sox on...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Dice-K Matsuzaka headed back to Japan

According to the Japan Times, Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning to Japan after playing six seasons with the Red Sox and the past two seasons with the Mets. He’s agreed to a contract with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who are the reigning Japanese League champions. Matsuzaka left Japan in 2007 to sign a $51 million contract with the Red Sox and had immediate success, but he has since...
Via Baseball Essential
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Daisuke Matsuzaka set to return to Japan

Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is set to return to Japan and pitch for the Fukoka Softbank Hawks. While a deal between the two is not official, it is just a formality. “Pitchers who can start are a valuable commodity, so we will do our best to get him,” said team president Yoshimitsu Goto. “We hope to get this done in the coming days.” Matsuzaka, now 34, last pitched...
Via Tireball.com
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dice-K Set To Sign With Japan's Champ Hawks

(Kelly O'Connor Photo)According to a report in The Japan Times, former Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is about to sign a deal with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks—the reigning Japan Series Champions. Dice-K pitched pretty well out of the Mets bullpen last year (3-3, 3.89), and is looking to re-ignite his starting career back in his home country. For Boston, he won 18 games in 2008—and...
Via FenwayNation
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Daisuke Matsuzaka Returns To Japan

According to the Japan Times, right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning to Japan after playing six seasons with the Red Sox and the past two seasons with the Mets. Dice-K, 34, has agreed to a contract with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who are the reigning Japanese League champions. In 41 games including 16 starts, Matsuzaka posted a 4.24 ERA and 1.311 WHIP for the Mets.  
Via Mets Merized Online
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dice-K headed back to Japan? Offer expected for 34-year-old righty

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka wants to get back to starting, and he might have that opportunity in his native country. The Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks reportedly will offer the former New York Mets and Boston Red Sox pitcher a four-year contract worth $3.58 million (400 million yen) annually. Matsuzaka made his wishes clear after he had just nine starts for the New...
Via Fox Sports
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Daisuke Matsuzaka To Get Lucrative Offer From Japanese Team

Daisuke Matsuzaka wants to start and he might be getting the opportunity to do so in his native country. The free agent reportedly will be offered a four-year deal worth $3.58 million (400 million yen) from the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Matsuzaka made it clear that he wants to be a starting pitcher after making just nine starts in 2014 with the New York Mets. ...
Via NESN.com
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Japanese Team Offers Dice-K Four-Year Deal

Sooner of later, baseball is a closed circle. Former Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka may experience this hardball truism soon, as he has a contract offer from a Japanese team. The Pacific League Champion Fukuoa Softbank Hawks have offered Dice-K a four-year contract—said to be worth $3.58 million per year. Currently with the New York Metropolitans, Matsuzaka has a very specific...
Via FenwayNation
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets free agent projections: the bullpen

With the conclusion of the World Series yesterday, the MLB offseason has officially begun. As free agency begins, the New York Mets are in a somewhat odd situation in that they only have one pending free agent (not counting the retiring Bobby Abreu). That unique player is Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka’s pending free agency leads me to begin my offseason analysis with the Mets...
Via isportsweb.com
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Injury Update: Josh Edgin, Daisuke Matsuzaka

The New York Mets enter Wednesday's game against the Miami Marlins with a 65-74 record, fourth in the National League East. The Mets are a respectable 13th in the Major Leagues in ERA despite major injuries to pitchers Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell. There is some relatively good news on pitchers Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who should be ready to return to the team this...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Vic Black Headed To DL, Matsuzaka Recalled

UPDATE: Thursday, August 28th, 6:53pm According to the Mets, Vic Black is heading to the DL and will be replaced by Daisuke Matsuzaka on the active roster. Original Story Vic Black has been one of the brightest stars for the Mets this season. He’s pitched to 2.20 ERA over 32.2 and has 31 strikeouts. With that great success comes an even greater relief that the stud righty should...
Via Mets Merized Online
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dice-K’s The Competition, Picks Up Win In Cyclones’ Rehab Start

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In front of an over capacity crowd of 8,005 at MCU Park in Coney Island, Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed five scoreless innings for the Brooklyn Cyclones to earn a win in his third rehab start since going on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation July 26. The Cyclones (36-29) defeated the Staten Island Yankees 2-0 and remain two games ahead of the Connecticut...
Via Mets Merized Online
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Injury Update: Daisuke Matsuzaka throws five scoreless in rehab start

The New York Mets enter a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday with a record of 60-68, fourth in the National League East. At 26th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Mets have been carried by a staff that is 9th in the league in ERA. One member of the staff that has been injured but should return soon is Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was impressive in his rehab...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Thread: Staten Island Yankees vs Brooklyn Cyclones, 7:10 PM

New York Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his final rehab start on Thursday for the Brooklyn Cyclones at MCU Park when the Clones take on the Staten Island Yankees at 7:00 PM. The game will be televised on SNY or you can listen live here. Matsuzaka, who is 3-3 with a 3.87 ERA this season, last pitched for the Mets on July 24 and was placed on the Disabled List on July 26...
Via Mets Merized Online
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Minors Report: Matsuzaka Continues To Rehab, Savannah With Walk-Off Win

Last Night’s Quick Scores Albuquerque 8, Las Vegas 2 Bradenton 5, St. Lucie 4 Savannah 4, Asheville 3 Batavia 4, Brooklyn 3 Johnson City 3, Kingsport 2 Prospect Pipeline After hitting safely in eight of his last ten games, Matt Reynolds had an 0-for-4 night cooling his bat off a touch.  His batting average is now .330 on the season. Ryan Reid and Gonzalez Germen gave Las Vegas...
Via Mets Merized Online
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Injury Update: Daisuke Matsuzaka will need at least two rehab starts

The New York Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday by the score of 7-6. The Mets blew a late 6-1 lead as Chase Utley had a key two-run triple in the seventh and Ryan Howard had a walk-off RBI single in the ninth off closer Jenrry Mejia. The Mets' loss dropped them to 56-62, fourth in the National League East. On the injury front, it appears Daisuke Matsuzaka will need...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Injury Update: Daisuke Matsuzaka could throw off a mound soon

The New York Mets got hammered by the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, losing by the score of 7-1. A pitching staff which has been solid, ranked 10th in the Major Leagues in ERA, Allowed seven runs on nine hits in the loss. The offense, which is near the bottom of the league in runs scored continued to struggle. At 54-60, the Mets are in fourth place in the National League East...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dice-K Goes To DL With Elbow Inflamation, Carlyle Recalled

The Mets announced that pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been placed on the DL with inflammation in his right elbow. The Mets recalled reliever Buddy Carlyle to replace Dice-K in the bullpen. July 25 Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is in New York having his elbow examined according to manager Terry Collins. Dice-K felt pain in his elbow and will have an MRI. Matsuzaka looked like...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Tuesday July 22nd: “There is definitely not much good that can come from pitching through pain, Especially with pain you have to make adjustments to your mechanics and one thing leads to another, not much good that comes from it.” -Daisuke Matsuzaka Thursday, July 24th: Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to New York today for an MRI on his elbow. The Mets reliever felt it bother him...
Via Metstradamus
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Daisuke Matsuzaka in NYC for MRI on Elbow

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is in New York having his elbow examined according to manager Terry Collins. Dice-K felt pain in his elbow and will have an MRI. Matsuzaka allowed three earned runs — on two home runs — in two innings on Thursday. This season, he has a 3.87 ERA in 74 1/3 innings. Matsuzaka looked like he was in pain after pitching in the sixth inning of last night’s...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets trade rumors: Dice-K edition

The New York Mets are more likely to be sellers than buyers at the 2014 trading deadline. One possible player to be traded, though uncorroborated by any official source, is Daisuke Matsuzaka. Dice-K has done all that the Mets have asked of him and more this season. Operating as both a starter and out of the bullpen, Matsuzaka has been one of the most consistent performers this season...
Via isportsweb.com
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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