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Matsuzaka to get spot start for Mets

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New York Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will get a spot start when he pitches in the second game of a doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, pitching coach Dan Warthen revealed on Friday.

The game against the D-Backs is a makeup for Friday’s rainout.

Matsuzaka, who will make his first start of the season, has made 14 relief appearances but is hoping for a starter’s role.

“I’ll be starting Sunday instead of pitching relief. This time I think it will only be for Sunday,” said Matsuzaka.