Mar 18, 2015

Matsuzaka diagnosed with influenza

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s road back to stardom in Japan hit a bump on Wednesday, when the former big leaguer was diagnosed with influenza that may push back the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander’s first regular season start. The 34-year-old Matsuzaka, who is making a comeback in ...

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Mar 4, 2015

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Pitching in his first real game in Japan since the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to the mound where he made his name on Wednesday. At 34, Matsuzaka is a far cry from the schoolboy who rose to ...

Dice-K could face rocky transition

| Feb 7, 2015

Dice-K could face rocky transition

by Jason Coskrey

Video of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in the bullpen on Thursday, posted online by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, revealed nothing spectacular or particularly revelatory. If anything, Matsuzaka resembled the pitcher he’s always been. His mechanics weren’t drastically different from the form he utilized last year ...

Longtime pitching star Kudo named new Hawks manager

Nov 1, 2014

Longtime pitching star Kudo named new Hawks manager

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks unveiled new manager Kimiyasu Kudo Saturday after signing the former pitcher to a three-year contract. Kudo, 51, promised to do his utmost to continue leading the team at the same high level after the Pacific League champions won their sixth ...