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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2002
Ivan Rodriguez received his first offer from the Orioles last night, and in a surprise development, Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui received one, too. Orioles officials returned from the winter meetings and put their fax machine through a workout, sending offers to Rodriguez and Matsui that could add significant power to their stagnant offense. Jim Beattie, the Orioles' executive vice president, declined to specify the length or financial terms of the two proposals, but he did say the club will add both players if it can. "We're ready to sign both of them."
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | July 21, 2009
NEW YORK - -He didn't even turn around to give it a courtesy glance. Orioles reliever Jim Johnson figured there was no point in doing that. So as soon as the ball left Hideki Matsui's bat, flying toward the right-field seats, Johnson put his head down and started his slow walk off the field, oblivious to the New York Yankees that had started to gather at home plate. "I knew as soon as he swung the bat, it was out of there," Johnson said. "There's no sense in turning around. Game over."
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By Glenn Graham | April 9, 2008
Senior Tsusa Matsui of Centennial has proven to be a quick study on the lacrosse field, now in his third varsity season as a crease defenseman after picking up the sport in his freshman year. At 5 feet 9 inches and 160 pounds, Matsui relies on his speed and the techniques he's learned from his coaches to hold his own against bigger attackmen. With two other three-year starting seniors, defense has been a strength for the Eagles in their 4-0 start. Football has long been his favorite sport, which he has played for 11 years.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | January 15, 2009
Listening to Koji Uehara make quips through a Japanese interpreter and watching Orioles club president Andy MacPhail beam as he passed a No. 19 Orioles jersey to the team's newest starter during Uehara's introductory news conference at Camden Yards yesterday, one thought was prevalent. Finally. Finally, the Orioles have signed a Japanese player of note - or, really, any Asian player at all. Finally, they weren't a day late and a yen short. Finally, the Japanese will know the Orioles for something other than Cal Ripken Jr. As Uehara said, "That's about it," when asked the extent of his country's knowledge of his new team.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 3, 2005
WASHINGTON - Rep. Robert T. Matsui of California, a World War II internee who rose to become one of the top Asian-Americans in Congress during 26 years of service, died late Saturday, his office announced yesterday. He was 63. One of the Democratic Party's leading spokesmen on tax and Social Security issues, Mr. Matsui was hospitalized at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda on Dec. 24, suffering from pneumonia. His office said myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare bone marrow disease that compromises the body's ability to fight infection, had been diagnosed several months before.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | November 14, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The search for a big bat could take the Orioles overseas and lead them to Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui. It could also lead them to five-time All-Star Frank Thomas. The Orioles have expressed interest in four of the top hitters on the free-agent market, including Cleveland Indians first baseman Jim Thome, but now they have other options. High-ranking Orioles sources say Thomas expressed interest in signing with the Orioles yesterday, through his agent, Arn Tellem. The sources also indicated that the team is gathering information on Matsui, who hit 50 home runs last season in Japan.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2003
As their lead slowly deteriorated through the middle innings last night, the Orioles couldn't help but bite their lips and think about the challenge they have facing them to finish the season. Of their final 42 games, 14 of them come against the New York Yankees. And if they all go like this, it could be a long, miserable trek. The banged-up Orioles took an early two-run lead against Andy Pettitte, only to see it spoil when Damian Moss and Eric DuBose struggled with control problems.
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By Dom Amore and Dom Amore,THE HARTFORD COURANT | April 1, 2004
TOKYO - The on-deck circle was the perfect vantage point for Alex Rodriguez, one headliner, to size up another. "He just seems so calm," Rodriguez, the New York Yankees' third baseman, said of Hideki Matsui. "I'm sure Matsui has a lot of emotions. To have all those people expecting you to hit a home run, it's pretty amazing that he can do that." Even Rodriguez can't imagine what it was like for Matsui - coming home to Japan, playing for the Yankees, hearing the packed stadium not only chant his name, but also demand a home run. And twice, he delivered.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | April 23, 2006
NEW YORK -- It is a place where young relievers tend to fold, where mystique and aura and one of baseball's most vaunted lineups traditionally take over, rendering pitchers powerless to avoid timely hits and clutch comebacks. That, and 51,282 loud fans, was what Orioles 24-year-old closer Chris Ray was facing Friday night at Yankee Stadium. New York loaded the bases on him in the ninth, Hideki Matsui had worked the count to 3-2 and the tying run was at third and the winning run at second base.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2002
The Orioles worked to establish their first contact with Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui yesterday after receiving a letter he sent to all 30 major-league teams. Orioles vice president for baseball operations Syd Thrift said he sent an e-mail to Matsui, expressing the club's interest. The club later sent Matsui an overnight package with brochures and other information about Baltimore, the Orioles and Camden Yards. Once contact is established, the Orioles might follow with an offer, but Thrift and Orioles owner Peter Angelos would not specify.
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By Glenn Graham | April 9, 2008
Senior Tsusa Matsui of Centennial has proven to be a quick study on the lacrosse field, now in his third varsity season as a crease defenseman after picking up the sport in his freshman year. At 5 feet 9 inches and 160 pounds, Matsui relies on his speed and the techniques he's learned from his coaches to hold his own against bigger attackmen. With two other three-year starting seniors, defense has been a strength for the Eagles in their 4-0 start. Football has long been his favorite sport, which he has played for 11 years.
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By Bill Madden and Bill Madden,New York Daily News | August 7, 2007
NEW YORK -- Buddy Bell, the 55-year-old Kansas City Royals manager, was standing behind the batting cage before the game Sunday, discussing why he is stepping down after the season to spend more time with his family. Bell, who had a health scare last year when it was discovered he had a cancerous tonsil, talked about his daughter, who has Down syndrome, and his 80-year-old mother as primary reasons for wanting to go home to Cincinnati and get out of the all-consuming managerial rat race.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun Reporter | October 3, 2006
An American League general manager has a theory. If the Minnesota Twins had been the American League wild-card representative, they'd be World Series favorites. Instead, the Twins captured the American League Central Division on the final day of the season and secured home-field advantage in the first round. And now the same GM predicts the Twins won't make it to the World Series. Confused? Here's the reasoning: As the wild card, the Twins would have had to play the New York Yankees in the first round.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | June 12, 2006
In case you missed it, the Colorado Rockies traded former Oriole Eli Marrero to the New York Mets for Kazuo Matsui and cash. It's now safe to say that Matsui was really, really over-hyped when he came to the United States. It's been a tough year for anyone named Matsui. I can think of at least two. Seeing so many comparisons between Brandon Fahey and Mark Belanger got me thinking about the left side of the Orioles' infield, back when Belanger and Brooks Robinson were collecting Gold Gloves.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | April 23, 2006
NEW YORK -- It is a place where young relievers tend to fold, where mystique and aura and one of baseball's most vaunted lineups traditionally take over, rendering pitchers powerless to avoid timely hits and clutch comebacks. That, and 51,282 loud fans, was what Orioles 24-year-old closer Chris Ray was facing Friday night at Yankee Stadium. New York loaded the bases on him in the ninth, Hideki Matsui had worked the count to 3-2 and the tying run was at third and the winning run at second base.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 22, 2006
I've spent the past day or so pondering the paradox of Paul Tagliabue ... and what it says about us that a guy that dull could be one of the biggest villains in the history of Baltimore sports. I totally get Robert Irsay. The guy engineered an egregious civic betrayal that broke the hearts of a generation of loyal, old-school football fans, and - if you're keeping score at home - the NFL commissioner at the time was the popular and media-savvy Pete Rozelle, who didn't do a thing about it. Somehow, much of the post-Colts resentment landed on Tagliabue when the NFL decided to expand and left us in the lurch for a second time.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | December 20, 2002
Determined to add a free-agent slugger to the middle of their lineup, the Orioles turned to option No. 3 yesterday. After losing out to the New York Yankees on Hideki Matsui and hitting a roadblock in their negotiations with Ivan Rodriguez, the Orioles made their first offer to free-agent outfielder Cliff Floyd. Floyd had until midnight to decide whether he would accept arbitration from the Boston Red Sox, so his agents spent the afternoon exploring other options. The Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets were all in the running, so there was a good chance Floyd would reject arbitration from the Red Sox and remain a free agent.
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November 16, 2005
Matsui agrees with Yankees on $52M, four-year contract Hideki Matsui and the New York Yankees agreed last night on a $52 million, four-year contract that will keep the popular outfielder in New York. Matsui's agent, Arn Tellem, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met the Nov. 15 deadline contained in Matsui's first contract with the team. That deal stated that if there was no agreement by then, New York would have to place the outfielder on unconditional release waivers, which would have prevented the Yankees from re-signing him until May 15. Dodgers -- The team hired Ned Colletti as its general manager to replace the fired Paul DePodesta.
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May 17, 2005
Kaz Matsui, Mets 2B AB..... R ..... H ..... RBI ..... HR 3 ........ 0 ...... 2 ........ 2.... ..... 0 Paul Byrd, Angels IP ..... H ...... R ....... BB ..... SO 7 ....... 3 ....... 0 .......... 3 ........ 5
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