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.
Dice-K adjusts to pitching out of pen
Daisuke Matsuzaka, a career starter, made only his second relief appearance ever on Saturday. He apparently is growing into the role, coming back on a second straight day and tossing...Mets call up Daisuke Matsuzaka, send down John Lannan
NEW YORK -- The Mets are bringing up pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to replace John Lannan on their big league roster.Mets call up Dice-K to replace Lannan in bullpen
PHOENIX ? Daisuke Matsuzaka was crushed not to make the Mets? Opening Day roster, but in the end only had to wait two weeks to escape Triple-A Las Vegas. In...Mets bring up RHP Dice-K, send down LHP Lannan
NEW YORK -- The Mets are bringing up pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to replace John Lannan on their big league roster.Mets make change in closer's role, elevating Kyle Farnsworth, after Jose Valverde struggles
Plus: Daisuke Matsuzaka gives Mets three big innings in reliefMets call up Matsuzaka, send down RP Lannan
NEW YORK -- The Mets are bringing up pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to replace John Lannan on their big league roster.Mets bring up Matsuzaka and send down Lannan
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Mets are bringing up pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to replace John Lannan on their big league roster.Mets keep Dice-K after impressive pre-season
Daisuke Matsuzaka appears to have earned a place in the rotation for the New York Mets after the Major League Baseball team paid him $100,000 on Tuesday to retain his rights. The Mets had until Tuesday to release the 33-year-old Japanese right-handed pitcher or pay him the money. The move came a day after Matsuzaka scattered three hits and walked three in six innings of work in a 5-3 victory ...Matsuzaka to back up injured starters
Terry Collins announced plans to use recently promoted Daisuke Matsuzaka as injury insurance in case either of his hurting rotation members, Bartolo Colon and Jenrry Mejia, is unable to take his scheduled turn.Mets option Matsuzaka to minors
The New York Mets optioned veteran right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.
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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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