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By Peter Schmuck | March 28, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- --I'm going to be right up front about this. I thought the Boston Red Sox were absolutely nuts to spend $51.1 million for the negotiating rights to Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. I'll take my skepticism even further. I actually believed the Red Sox put that crazy bid in an envelope with the full intention of stonewalling Dice-K in those negotiations. Really, Conspiracy Guy is alive and well and living in a dark corner of my addled head. I thought it was just a great front office ploy to keep Matsuzaka out of New York for a year.
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By Phil Rogers | October 10, 2010
One potential trading partner for the Cubs if they decide to shop Carlos Zambrano are the Red Sox, possibly for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is owed only $10 million for each of the next two seasons. … There's a lot of debate in Boston about whether catcher Jason Varitek (above) should return. Manager Terry Francona said you have to take emotion out of the equation, which sounds like the end of an era. … Shaun Marcum and other Blue Jays pitchers claimed the atmosphere was "more relaxed" in the Jays' clubhouse without Roy Halladay this year.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | November 1, 2006
The high-stakes bidding for Japanese pitching star Daisuke Matsuzaka could begin as early as today, though the Orioles still haven't decided whether to be a part of it. The Orioles have gotten great reports on Matsuzaka and are interested in the 26-year-old right-hander, who was 17-5 with a 2.13 ERA for the Seibu Lions this past season and was the Most Valuable Player of the inaugural World Baseball Classic. However, the pitcher's price tag - the cost to earn just the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka could be more than $30 million - has certainly made the Orioles' decision whether to get involved in the process a difficult one. "We are considering putting in a bid," said executive vice president Mike Flanagan, declining to offer any more details.
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By From Sun news services | March 23, 2009
America's national pastime took a major hit last night. On home turf, no less. Daisuke Matsuzaka remained undefeated in the World Baseball Classic and defending champion Japan beat the United States, 9-4, in a semifinal at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Japan advanced to tonight's title game against South Korea, a 10-2 winner over Venezuela in a semifinal late Saturday night. Cleveland Indians outfielder Choo Shin-Soo hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run first inning for South Korea in that game.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 12, 2007
Fort Myers, Fla. -- The curiosity was mutual. Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka said before yesterday's game that he was looking forward to his start against the Orioles to see how he would do against Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora and the other veteran hitters in the Baltimore lineup. The Orioles brought six regulars to City of Palms Park to see the pitcher who sparked an international bidding war and cost the Red Sox a total of $103 million in negotiating fees and guaranteed salary. Fans of the counterintuitive will be happy to know it was Matsuzaka who came away the more impressed after giving up two home runs in his first preseason defeat, though nobody in the Orioles' clubhouse had anything but praise for the young pitcher who already has led Boston and its South Florida spring training suburb to go Dice-K crazy.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | March 31, 2007
FORT MYERS, FLA. -- It started here six weeks ago, with more than 200 members of the international media gathered to witness 2007's biggest baseball story. The hype really hasn't let up, with cover pieces in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and the Sporting News, with daily dispatches throughout all of Japan and with 50 to 100 reporters and cameramen chronicling each of Daisuke Matsuzaka's spring starts. Dice-K, as the 26-year-old right-hander is known, was going to be a phenomenon with whomever he joined.
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April 8, 2007
It's one game. And it was against the Kansas City Royals, so it will be interesting to see what he can do against a major league lineup. But for one afternoon in Midwest America, Japanese hype machine Daisuke Matsuzaka was the real deal, lasting seven innings and 108 pitches Thursday, allowing seven base runners and striking out 10 to pick up the win for the Boston Red Sox. "He has total control of the game when he's out there," said Boston designated hitter...
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER | March 12, 2007
FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Melvin Mora stumbled across home plate, stood in the opposite side of the batter's box and collected his thoughts, rather than a hit. Jay Gibbons took two bad swings and flung his bat and helmet toward the visiting dugout. For one inning, the Orioles' attempts to get to Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka got lost in translation. They looked bad. They looked confused. They looked frustrated enough to board the team bus early - say, before the second inning - and head back to Fort Lauderdale.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | November 8, 2006
O's can likely count Benson in It appears that Kris Benson will be in the Orioles' 2007 rotation, with his agent saying yesterday that the right-hander is unlikely to exercise his contractual right to demand a trade. However, as expected, the five-man rotation probably won't include Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. An industry source familiar with the Orioles' plans said that the club likely will not put in a bid for Matsuzaka before this afternoon's deadline. The bidding for just the right to negotiate with the 26-year-old pitcher ends today at 5 p.m., when the commissioner's office will inform the Seibu Lions, the team Matsuzaka played for in Japan last season, of the highest bid for the pitcher.
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December 14, 2006
Good morning --Boston Red Sox--Daisuke Matsuzaka's first name is pronounced "dice-k," as in what the team might be rolling by adding him.
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By Los Angeles Times | October 13, 2008
BOSTON - Bleary-eyed and beaten, the Boston Red Sox returned home after an emotionally and physically draining 9-8 late-night loss to the Tampa Bay Rays to a brilliant autumn Sunday, the weather clear and crisp, the leaves all over New England bursting out in color. Inside Fenway Park, the scene was not as soothing, the Red Sox coming out of an 11-inning, 5-hour, 27-minute marathon looking far the worse for wear, whether they would admit it or not. The best-of-seven American League Championship Series is tied at 1, and Boston's best pitcher, left-hander Jon Lester, will start Game 3 today against Rays right-hander Matt Garza.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | August 20, 2008
Even after four big league seasons, it remains almost impossible to predict which Daniel Cabrera the Orioles are going to get every fifth day. His performance fluctuates so radically from inning to inning, never mind from outing to outing, that it is foolish to even forecast a start by Cabrera. There is one exception. When Cabrera faces the Boston Red Sox, it is a safe assumption that the Orioles are in for a very long night. Such was the case last night when Cabrera was hammered for six earned runs in just 4 1/3 innings in the Red Sox's 7-2 victory before an announced 48,515, the largest crowd at Camden Yards this season.
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By DAN CONNOLLY | August 20, 2008
A recap of the Orioles' 7-2 loss to the Red Sox last night: More woes for Cabrera Daniel Cabrera continued his lackluster play against Boston, allowing six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss. He is 2-11 with a 7.13 ERA in 16 starts against the Red Sox in his career. In those games, the Orioles are 4-12. After allowing 12 base runners last night, Cabrera has yielded 155 hits or walks to the Red Sox in 77 innings. A major difference Cabrera and Daisuke Matsuzaka each got off to a rocky start last night, but only one was able to steady himself to turn in a scoreless first inning.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun Reporter | October 27, 2007
DENVER -- In February, when teams were preparing in Arizona and Florida for another grueling season, the eyes of the baseball world were firmly fixed on new Boston Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Japanese phenom. The top candidate for American League Rookie of the Year. The man who cost $51.1 million just to talk to and another $52 million to sign. World Series Game 3 Red Sox@Rockies, tonight, 8:35, chs. 45, 5 Starters: Daisuke Matsuzaka (15-12) vs. Josh Fogg (10-9)
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By David Lennon and David Lennon,NEWSDAY | October 16, 2007
CLEVELAND -- The Lake Erie midges gave new meaning to the term home-field advantage when they crashed Jacobs Field earlier in the postseason. The Boston Red Sox, however, could not blame last night on the bugs. There were no buzzing insects in Daisuke Matsuzaka's air space when Kenny Lofton took him deep for a two-run homer in the second inning. And nothing appeared to be crawling on any of Boston's hitters as they bounced into three double plays against Indians No. 3 starter Jake Westbrook, often overlooked because of Cleveland aces C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | October 11, 2007
The Boston Red Sox are supposed to be playing in October, and no one should be surprised that the Cleveland Indians also made it to the American League Championship Series. Both are 96-game winners. Both looked impressive in the postseason's first round. Both aren't just happy to be there. Then there's the National League Championship Series, which begins tonight and pits two of the league's most recent expansion teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. Sports fans nationwide aren't exactly frothing over that one. It's not getting a lot of attention in Arizona, either - the first two games in Phoenix weren't sold out as of yesterday afternoon.
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By PETER SCHMUCK and PETER SCHMUCK,Sun Reporter | March 11, 2007
The Orioles get their first close-up look at Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka today when they travel to Fort Myers to face the Boston Red Sox, which is as good a reason as any to make my first trip across South Florida on the famous Alligator Alley (I-75). With a little luck, I may get to see some live gators and Matsuzaka's famous gyroball on the same trip. I'm pretty excited. I've seen a live alligator, but I've never seen a guy throw a baseball wrapped in pita. Peter Schmuck
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November 2, 2006
On the Orioles' possibly adding Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka Pass on him and wait a year. He's a great pitcher in Japan, but what will he do in America? That's an expensive crap shoot. This guy is such an unknown, I wouldn't blame any team, including the Orioles, for passing. At this money, he should throw strikes every pitch.
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By Roch Kubatko | September 9, 2007
Grand fashion If the Orioles wanted to evaluate third baseman Scott Moore by starting him ahead of Melvin Mora, they learned that he can get around on Daisuke Matsuzaka's fastball. Moore hit his first career grand slam, and his first home run since Sept. 18, 2006, to clear the bases in the third inning, break a 4-4 tie and knock Matsuzaka from the game. Moore was the ninth batter to come to the plate in the inning, which began with the Boston Red Sox leading 4-1. No mismatch The Orioles didn't seem to have the advantage in a game pitting Matsuzaka against Jon Leicester, but it played out much differently on the field than on paper.
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