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Matsuzaka makes major league debut on Thursday

Apr 5, 2007 - 2:15 PM Boston (1-1) at Kansas City (1-1), 2:10 pm EDT

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his much anticipated major league debut on Thursday afternoon when the Boston Red Sox close out a series against the Kansas City Royals.

The 26-year-old Japanese righthander signed a six-year contract worth $52 million after the Red Sox paid a posting fee of $51.1 million just for the right to negotiate.

The posting fee was far and away the highest ever. The previous largest bid was the $13.1 million the Seattle Mariners paid the Orix BlueWave six years ago for the right to sign outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

After the Red Sox signed Matsuzaka, the New York Yankees paid a posting fee of more than $20 million for lefthander Kei Igawa.

The MVP of the World Baseball Classic, Matsuzaka led Japan's Pacific League in wins three times, ERA twice and strikeouts four times in an eight-year career. Last season, he went 17-5 with a 2.13 ERA and struck out 200 in 186 1/3 innings.

He struggled with his control during spring training, adapting to a wider strike zone and a ball that is slicker than the one used in Japan. Matsuzaka allowed seven earned runs in 21 2/3 innings this spring, walking 11.

Zack Greinke will start for the Royals. The 23-year-old righthander took most of last season off to deal with personal issues, but earned a spot in the rotation this spring by striking out 27 and allowing eight runs in 24 innings.

The teams have split the first two games of the series.








  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY COCO CRISP SCORED J.D. DREW.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C CRISP ON FIRST, M LOWELL ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 4
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: D PEDROIA (.444, 1-FOR-3)

    Red Sox vs. RoyalsApr 5 4:37 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY JOEL PERALTA ALLOWED DAVID ORTIZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J DREW ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 3
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.364, 2-FOR-3)

    Red Sox vs. RoyalsApr 5 4:32 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BOSTON 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 0
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BOS - DAISUKE MATSUZAKA
    KAN - ZACK GREINKE

    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R SHEALY (.000, 0-FOR-2)
    R GLOAD (.333, 0-FOR-2)
    J BUCK (.500, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 5 4:14 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAVID DEJESUS (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF DAISUKE MATSUZAKA.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2, KANSAS CITY 1
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: E GERMAN (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Red Sox vs. RoyalsApr 5 4:00 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BOSTON 1 0 0 0 1 5 0
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BOS - DAISUKE MATSUZAKA
    KAN - ZACK GREINKE

    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J LUGO (.333, 1-FOR-2)
    K YOUKILIS (.300, 0-FOR-1, BB)
    D ORTIZ (.125, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 5 3:23 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BOSTON 1 0 1 2 0
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 1 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BOS - DAISUKE MATSUZAKA
    KAN - ZACK GREINKE

    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A GORDON (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    R SHEALY (.000, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    R GLOAD (.429, 0 HR, 0 R

    Apr 5 2:39 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BOSTON 1 1 1 0
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BOS - DAISUKE MATSUZAKA
    KAN - ZACK GREINKE

    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    E GERMAN (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    M TEAHEN (.429, 0 HR,

    Red Sox vs. RoyalsApr 5 2:19 PM