Rakuten's Matsui aims to build on success

Feb 10, 2016

Rakuten's Matsui aims to build on success

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles closer Yuki Matsui recorded a club-record 33 saves last year, but hopes to reach greater heights this year with a more efficient form that will get him through the stretch run of the season. In his second season, the southpaw ...

Struggles common for H.S. hurlers

Apr 28, 2014

Struggles common for H.S. hurlers

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Five teams chose left-hander Yuki Matsui in the first round of the 2013 draft. When it was time for the lottery for his rights, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles sent president Yozo Tachibana — manager Senichi Hoshino said he was saving his luck for ...

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Apr 2, 2014

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Marquee Tohoku Rakuten rookie Yuki Matsui got a rude welcome in his first official game Wednesday, allowing three runs in six innings as the Eagles took a 7-1 thumping against the Orix Buffaloes. Matsui (0-1), who turned pro out of high school after being ...

Matsui to be in Eagles' season-opening rotation

Mar 13, 2014

Matsui to be in Eagles' season-opening rotation

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Senichi Hoshino announced Thursday that his team’s first draft pick last season, 18-year-old pitcher Yuki Matsui, will be in the starting rotation from opening day. “He’s going to be there, and he’ll be in the front end of the ...