Matsuzaka Flops In 1st Hawks Outing

Matsuzaka flops in 1st Hawks outingMaking his long-waited first appearance since joining the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks two years ago, Daisuke Matsuzaka looked far from the pitcher who had earned the nickname of “Beast of the Heisei Era [Heisei no Kaibutsu].”

Baseball: Matsuzaka Gets Shellacked In 1st-team Return

Baseball: Matsuzaka gets shellacked in 1st-team returnDaisuke Matsuzaka auditioned for a spot in the SoftBank Hawks' postseason but flubbed his lines in 7-0 loss to the Rakuten Eagles on Sunday.
Pitching in a first team game in Japan for the first time since 2006, the former major leaguer allowed five runs, two earned, in one inning in the Hawks' regular season finale. Matsuzaka allowed three hits, walked two, hit two and struck out two.

Matsuzaka Staggers Through 3-inning Start

Matsuzaka staggers through 3-inning startFukuoka SoftBank Hawks hurler Daisuke Matsuzaka had a wobbly outing on Tuesday, but came away with no decision in a nine-inning 2-2 stalemate in preseason action against the Yomiuri Giants in Nagasaki.