Modified on December 7, 2014
Matsuzaka returns to play in Japan
On Dec 5, Daisuke held a joint news conference with honorary chairman of Fukuoka Softbank Hawks that he is joining the team. It's for a 3 year deal worth 400 million yen a year. He will wear 18.
WITH THE NEW YORK METS IN 2014
It's the first time Matsuzaka starts this season. He faced the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched 6 innings giving up 2 runs. He contributed with his bat with an RBI. His team won 4 to 2, and Matsuzaka earned his 2nd win.
From the 5th inning, Matsuzaka pitched against the NY Yankees.He pitched 3 2/3 innings giving up a run. The Mets won 12 to 7 and he was awarded a win, the first this season.
Matsuzaka was on the mound again. It's from the 11th inning with the game against the Atlanta Braves a tie. He kept the Braves from scoring in 3 innings. In the 14th inning, his team clinched the game.
Matsuzaka started the season in the minors. He was called to pitch for the first time this season from the 8th inning against the Atlanta Braves On his wild pitch he gave up a run. The Mets lost 5 to 7.
WITH THE NEW YORK METS IN 2013
This time Matsuzaka started against the Philadelphia Phillies. He lost 4 runs of which he was responsible for 2, but he managed to gain another win, in a 6 to 4 game.
Matsuzaka started against the Florida Marlins in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. He pitched 7 inning giving up only a run. His team won and he won the game. Its his first win since August 2012 with the Red Sox.
It was reported on Aug 22 that Matsuzaka signed with the NY Mets. And immediately the next day he was given the chance to start. He faced the Detroit Tigers. But he gave up a home run to Torii Hunter and a 3 run to Miguel Cabrera. He lasted only 5 innings. The Mets lost 1 to 6. He had to take the loss.
Released from the Indians minor team
Matsuzaka announced on Twitter on Aug 20 that he has asked to be released from the team to become a free agent. He has to gain FA status before Aug 31 to be eligible for this season in the MLB.
Signs with Indians minor team
It was learned on Feb 10, Matsuzaka reached an agreement to play with Indians minor team. It's for a basic salary of 1.5 million dollars. Depending on performance, he can earn up to 4 million.
WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX IN 2012
His performance in this game was poor. He gave up a 3 run homerun to Curtis Granderson of the NY Yankees In the 3rd, he was finished. The Yankees won 14 to 2 and Matsuzaka suffered his 7th loss. He became a free agent after the season.
In the first inning, Matsuzaka lost a run. But that was it. He was taken off the mound in 5 2/3 innings as he reached his 100th pitch. His team eventually won 5 to 1 against the Toronto BlueJays but he was unable to gain credit for it.
It's the first time this season Matsuzaka pitches in the major league level after recovering from his injury. He started out ok. But in the 2nd inning he gave up a home run. The he lost 3 more runs, lasting 5 innings. The Red Sox lost 2 to 4 to the Washington Nationals. Matsuzaka took his first loss.
WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX IN 2011
A very disappointed Dice K told Japanese media he is facing the biggest pinch in his baseball career. He has a torn ligament of his right elbow and will have to undergo a surgery. This may mean, he will not be able to pitch for a year.
Matsuzaka was not in good control of his pitch. He walked 7 in 4 1/3 innings and gave up 5 runs. In the end the Red Sox clinched the game 8 to 7 from the Baltimor Orioles. It was learned the next day, Matsuzaka was placed on the disabled list.
Matsuzaka lost 3 runs in the first inning. Then he recovered. He hurled 6 innings and earned a win in a 9 to 5 game against the Minnesota Twins.
Dice K started and faced Ichiro of the Seattle Mariners 3 times. In the 4th inning, he gave up a base hit to Ichiro. And then after that he could not pitch any more due to pain in the elbow. In the end the Mariners won 5 to 4.
Matsuzaka was better by the inning. He struck out 9, and didn't give up any runs. His team beat the LA Angels 5 to 0. Matsuzaka finished 8 innings and earned his 2nd win.
In a very important game to prove his ability, Matsuzaka pitched 7 inning with no runs lost. He won his first game of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Matsuzaka was in such a mess he was booed in the stadium. He gave up 7 runs in just 3 innings in the game against the Tampa Bay Rays. It ended a 16 to 5 game.
Matsuzaka started for the first time this season. However in the first inning he lost 2 runs. And in all, he pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs. As the RedSox lost 4 to ( to the Cleveland Indians, Matsuzaka succumbed to his first loss.
WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX IN 2010
It was on a sizzling hot day recording 38 degrees C Matsuzaka started. In the 5th inning, he marked his 500th strike out in the MLB. He pitched 6 2/3 innings. He gave up 4 runs. With not enough support from his teammates, he succumbed to his 4th loss in in a 3 to 7 game against the Texas Rangers.
Matsuzaka started against the Indians. In the first inning he gave up a home run. But he stablized soon after and hurled 8 innings. He won his 8th game with his team winning 6 to 2 against the Cleveland Indians.
Matsuzaka hurled against the Seattle Mariners. He kept Ichiro from getting on base. And he pitched well, giving up only a run in 6 innings. However, Hideki Okajima gave up 2 rns, and the Red Sox lost 2 to 4.
Matsuzaka at last appeared to be in good shape. He started and hurled 6 2/3 innings. He gave up a run. The Red Sox won 2 to 1 over the Oakland Athletics. It's Matsuzaka's 7th win this season.
In the 7th inning, Matsuzaka luckily caught a batted ball. In the 8th, he was rescued by a double play. He pitched 8 innings without giving up a run. The Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5 to 0. He won his 3rd game.
Matsuzaka pitched well until the 5th inning. In the 6th, he lost a series of hits to give up a run. He pitched 7 innings and won the game in which the Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6 to 1.
Matsuzaka was in a mess in the first inning. But he recovered after that. He threw 5 1/3 innings giving up 5 runs. He luckly was able to win this game as the Red Sox beat the LA Angels 11 to 6.
It's the first time this season Matsuzaka starts for the Red Sox. He was on the disabled list until . He lost runs after runs, only lasting 4 2/3 innings, giving up 7 runs in all. His team lost 9 to 12 to the Baltimore Orioles.
WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX IN 2009
Matsuzaka gave up a 2 run home run. But he managed to win his 3rd win, but hurling 5 1/3 innings, giving up in all 3 runs. It's in a 9 t0 3 game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Matsuzaka was finally back, and started this game. His fast ball was really fast. The toughest inning was the 5th. He had 2 on base. But struck the next 2 batters out. He hurled a shut out 6 0/3 innings and won his 2nd win in a 4 to 1 game over the LA Angels.
Matsuzaka is not doing well. He suddenly gave up a homer to the first batter. He had a bad inning, and did not last a full 5 inning. He succumbed to his 5th loss. Instead another Japanese Kenshin Kawakami who started for the Atlanta Braves won the game. It was 8 to 2. After the game Matsuzaka told reporters he was ready to be taken out of the starting rotation. In fact, he was back on the disabled list.
Matsuzaka did play an easy game. He had runners on base every inning. But he managed to just lose 1 run in 5 innings. His team won 5 to 1 against the Detroit Tigers. Matsuzaka earned his first win this season.
Matsuzaka's pitch was not in perfect control from the first inning. He hurled 4 wild pitches. He hurled 5 innings giving up 3 runs. His team lost 2 to 4 against the Minnesota Twins.
Matsuzaka was back on the mound at last after being on the disabled list since April 15. He started well, with a 150km/hour fast ball. But in the 2nd inning he gave up a home run to Gary Sheffield. He lost more in the 4th. He pitched 5 innings, giving up a total 4 runs. His team lost 3 to 5 against the NY Mets.
The Red Sox hit in runs in the first inning, but Matsuzaka messed up the lead. He gave up 5 runs in the first inning and was out of the game. His team in the end lost 5 to 6 to the Oakland Athletics.
Dice-K started for the first time this season. But he kept on giving up home runs. He hurled 5 1/3 innings giving up in all 4 runs. His team lost 3 to 4 to the Tampa Bay Rays.