Dec 2, 2016

Matsuzaka to pitch for Puerto Rico winter ball team

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka joined the Gigantes de Carolina this week to play in Puerto Rico’s winter league. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, is scheduled to play in the winter league ...

Nov 20, 2016

Matsuzaka poised for winter ball in Puerto Rico

Fukuoka SoftBank pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has come to terms on a deal that will allow him to play in Puerto Rico’s winter league, a Hawks source said Sunday. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, ...

Oct 24, 2016

Matsuzaka to play winter ball in Puerto Rico

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to play in the winter leagues in Puerto Rico, manager Kimiyasu Kudo said Monday. “I’ve been told it’s Puerto Rico,” Kudo said at Yafuoku Dome, where Matsuzaka and the Hawks began fall training. “He may be ...

Matsuzaka flops in long-awaited Hawks debut

Oct 2, 2016

Matsuzaka flops in long-awaited Hawks debut

Daisuke Matsuzaka auditioned for a spot in the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ postseason but flubbed his lines in 7-0 loss to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Sunday. Pitching in a first-team game in Japan for the first time since 2006, the former major leaguer ...

Oct 1, 2016

Matsuzaka slated to pitch in finale

Daisuke Matsuzaka has been penciled in to pitch in the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ final game of the regular season on Sunday. “I’ve heard his condition is improving. I’d like to give him a chance of an inning or two (in relief),” Hawks skipper Kimiyasu ...

Aug 28, 2016

Matsuzaka makes rehab start for Hawks' farm team

Former big leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka threw three scoreless innings in a rehab start for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ third team on Sunday. The 35-year-old, who returned to Japan last season after eight years in the big leagues with the Boston Red Sox and New ...

Former Red Sox reliever Okajima retires

Jul 18, 2016

Former Red Sox reliever Okajima retires

Former Boston reliever Hideki Okajima called it a career on Monday and will throw out the ceremonial opening pitch for the Red Sox against the New York Yankees on Aug. 11. Okajima, 40, had an invitation to spring training on a minor league contract ...

Apr 20, 2016

Matsuzaka struggles in outing on farm

Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled with his control and allowed two runs in two innings on Wednesday for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ Western League farm team against the Chunichi Dragons. Matsuzaka, on his way back from the right shoulder surgery he had in August, came away ...

Mar 10, 2016

Hawks' Matsuzaka named starter for preseason game

Daisuke Matsuzaka has been penciled in to make his first start in a year for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in a preseason game next Wednesday. Matsuzaka will join the first team on Friday and is expected to pitch around four innings against the Seibu ...

Mar 9, 2016

Matsuzaka set for preseason start with Hawks

Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to make his first start with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks’ top team in nearly a year in a preseason match. Hawks pitching coach Shinji Kurano suggested on Wednesday that the 35-year-old Matsuzaka could start during the team’s away trip between ...

Rehabbing Yanagita bashes two mammoth homers

Mar 4, 2016

Rehabbing Yanagita bashes two mammoth homers

Yuki Yanagita, who is recovering from offseason elbow surgery, hit two monster home runs for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Friday’s preseason 3-3 tie against the Hanshin Tigers. “I was able to make some good swings. I guess it was good because I got ...