Daisuke Matsuzaka

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Is This Man the Next Dice-K?

Yu Darvish may be headed to the US sooner than thought

(Newser) - Japan's best pitcher is a towering 21-year-old named Yu Darvish, and the biggest question about his career is not if he will come to the US, but when, writes ESPN. With Japanese baseball strides ahead of the American institution in terms of commercialism, his team may well offer him up... More »

Dice-K, 4 Homers Carry Red Sox to Win

Bottom of lineup is major source of power against the Twins

(Newser) - The Boston Red Sox got an unexpected power surge from the bottom of their lineup to help Daisuke Matsuzaka remain undefeated with a 5-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie hit back-to-back homers to lead off the seventh inning and Matsuzaka (6-0) gave up two runs... More »

BoSox Down Slumping Tigers

(Newser) - Mike Lowell hit one of Boston's three homers for his first RBIs this season, and the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Monday behind a wild Daisuke Matsuzaka. Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz also connected for Boston, which won its fourth straight game and sent the Tigers to their... More »

Angels Blast BoSox 6-4

Matthews homers twice; Kotchman adds another

(Newser) - Casey Kotchman's solo home run put Los Angeles ahead in the sixth inning, Gary Matthews Jr. hit two solo homers of his own and the Angels snapped the Boston Red Sox's six-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory Wednesday night. Kotchman hit his sixth of the season off Craig Hansen,... More »

Red Sox Survive in Wild 8-5 Win

Matsuzaka walks 6 in five innings, but bullpen does job late

(Newser) - A wild Daisuke Matsuzaka labored through five innings before the Boston Red Sox's overworked bullpen bailed him out for a sloppy 8-5 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night. Matsuzaka improved to 3-0 after lasting just long enough to get the win as he issued six walks—... More »

Red Sox Get Rings, Then Drop Tigers to 0-7

Matsuzaka shuts down Detroit bats over 6 2/3 innings

(Newser) - There was red-white-and-blue bunting hanging from the stands, a Green Monster-sized American flag on the left-field wall and an Air National Guard flyover punctuating "The Star-Spangled Banner." After opening with a three-country trip of nearly 16,000 miles, the Boston Red Sox returned to Fenway Park, received their... More »

MLB Starts Season With Rising Sun

Red Sox, A's take the field in Tokyo

(Newser) - The sun was just rising in Boston today as the Red Sox began their World Series title defense by taking on the Oakland Athletics half a world away. Many American fans were still in bed, but Japanese aficionados were paying rapt attention, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The Sox have... More »

Sox 1 Away From Series Sweep

$103M pitcher goes 5 innings and slaps an RBI single as Sox win 10-5

(Newser) - The Red Sox are one win away from another World Series title, thanks to the heart of their lineup—the 9, 1 and 2 spots—of Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. Matsuzaka pitched 5 1/3 solid innings, and together the three scored and drove in nine runs in... More »

Sox Clinch 1st Title in 12 Years

Boston wins 5-2 over the Twins, then watches Yankees collapse

(Newser) - After watching their once double-digit lead dwindle alarmingly in recent weeks, the Red Sox finally clinched the AL East title last night with a 5-2 win over the Twins and a loss by the second-place Yankees. Boston players and fans stayed at Fenway park to cheer for the Orioles as... More »

Yanks Topple Boston 5-3

Pettitte and the Bombers best Matsuzaka and the Sox in first of three

(Newser) - The Yankees downed Boston 5-3 last night in the first of a crucial three-game series. Andy Pettitte was masterful for New York, surrendering six hits in seven innings, while the Bombers hammered Boston hurler Daisuke Matsuzaka. Johnny Damon's tie-breaking homer in the seventh handed closer Mariano Rivera a two-run lead,... More »

Millar Blast Leads Birds Past Red Sox

Oriole sinks reeling ex-team with 3-run 10th-inning shot

(Newser) - Orioles infielder Kevin Millar handed his former squad a crushing loss last night, blasting a three-run homer in the 10th inning that lifted Baltimore over the Red Sox, 6-3. Millar's dinger gave the Birds their first series sweep of Boston in two seasons and dropped the Sox to four games... More »

BoSox Snap 9-Loss Seattle Streak, 4-3

Matsuzaka whiffs 10, gets first win against Ichiro; Gagne, Papelbon shaky

(Newser) - After nine straight losses in the Mariners' Safeco Field, the league-leading Red Sox finally broke through with a narrow 4-3 decision; vaunted rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka spent most of the night pitching out of trouble but yielded only two solo shots in seven frames. It was his first win against Seattle... More »

Dice-K Underwhelms In Sox Win

Manny's 2 HRs exonerate pricey Japanese rookie

(Newser) - Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Red Sox's $103.1 million hurler, gave up seven runs in five frames in another poor outing that only incidentally ended up in a Boston win. Matsuzaka walked Seattle's first three batters in a five-run first inning, but Manny Ramirez's second homer put Boston ahead for good... More »

King Felix Eclipses Dice-K, One-Hits Sox

Suzuki-Matsuzaka matchup less riveting than anticipated

(Newser) - The much-ballyhooed matchup of Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki and Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka—MLB's best Japanese hitter versus its first-year Japanese pitching sensation—turned out to be far less impressive than the performance of Seattle's young ace, Felix Hernandez.  King Felix, who had just turned 21 on Sunday, had a no-hitter... More »

Matsuzaka Fires Gem in Much-Hyped Debut

$103 million Japanese rookie strikes out 10 Royals as Red Sox win

(Newser) - The Red Sox's $103-million man Daisuke Matsuzaka lived up to the hype last night, holding the Kansas City Royals to just one run on six hits in his Major League debut. In front of 200 Japanese media members, Matsuzaka dazzled the Royals hitters with a power fastball and his famed... More »

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