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|October 30, 2014||RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka elected free agency.|
|August 28, 2014||New York Mets activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list.|
|August 21, 2014||New York Mets sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to Brooklyn Cyclones.|
|August 21, 2014||sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to Brooklyn Cyclones.|
|August 16, 2014||New York Mets sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to Binghamton Mets.|
|August 11, 2014||New York Mets sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to St. Lucie Mets.|
|July 26, 2014||New York Mets placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 25, 2014. Sore right elbow|
|April 16, 2014||New York Mets selected the contract of RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from Las Vegas 51s.|
|March 31, 2014||RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka assigned to Las Vegas 51s.|
|January 24, 2014||New York Mets signed free agent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.|
|August 23, 2013||New York Mets activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka.|
|August 22, 2013||New York Mets signed free agent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka.|
|August 20, 2013||Columbus Clippers released RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka.|
|June 11, 2013||Columbus Clippers activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 7-day disabled list.|
|April 30, 2013||Columbus Clippers placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 29, 2013.|
|April 2, 2013||RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka assigned to Columbus Clippers.|
|March 26, 2013||Cleveland Indians signed free agent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league contract.|
|March 24, 2013||Cleveland Indians released RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka.|
|February 13, 2013||Cleveland Indians signed free agent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.|
|November 3, 2012||RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka elected free agency.|
|August 27, 2012||Boston Red Sox activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list.|
|July 30, 2012||sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|July 3, 2012||Boston Red Sox placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list. Right upper trapezius strain.|
|June 9, 2012||Boston Red Sox activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 60-day disabled list.|
|May 26, 2012||sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|May 22, 2012||Boston Red Sox transferred RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.|
|May 7, 2012||Portland Sea Dogs sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|April 28, 2012||Daisuke Matsuzaka assigned to Portland Sea Dogs.|
|April 23, 2012||sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to Salem Red Sox.|
|April 4, 2012||Boston Red Sox placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, 2012. Recovering from June 2011 Tommy John surgery.|
|October 31, 2011||Boston Red Sox activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 60-day disabled list.|
|June 3, 2011||Boston Red Sox transferred RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.|
|May 18, 2011||Boston Red Sox placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 17, 2011. Right elbow sprain.|
|June 24, 2010||Boston Red Sox activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list.|
|June 12, 2010||Boston Red Sox placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 8, 2010. Right forearm strain.|
|May 1, 2010||Boston Red Sox activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list.|
|April 6, 2010||sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|April 4, 2010||Boston Red Sox placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list. Neck strain.|
|September 15, 2009||Boston Red Sox activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 60-day disabled list.|
|September 8, 2009||Pawtucket Red Sox sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to Salem Red Sox.|
|September 4, 2009||Daisuke Matsuzaka assigned to Pawtucket Red Sox from Portland Sea Dogs.|
|August 29, 2009||Daisuke Matsuzaka assigned to Portland Sea Dogs from GCL Red Sox.|
|August 24, 2009||Daisuke Matsuzaka assigned to GCL Red Sox.|
|July 31, 2009||Boston Red Sox transferred RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.|
|June 21, 2009||Boston Red Sox placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 20, 2009. mild right shoulder strain|
|May 22, 2009||Boston Red Sox activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list.|
|May 5, 2009||Boston Red Sox sent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|April 15, 2009||Boston Red Sox placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list. Mild right shoulder sprain|
WINNING WAYS : With 18 wins, tied Carl Mays (1916) and Babe Ruth (1915) for the 6th-highest total ever by a Red Sox pitcher in his 2nd major league season...Dave Ferriss is the last Sox hurler with more victories in his sophomore campaign with 25 in 1946. Finished 2nd in the A.L. with a .857 winning percentage behind Cleveland's Cliff Lee (.880, 22-3)...Tied with Roger Clemens' 1986 mark (.857, 24-4) as the 4th-highest in single-season Red Sox history...Only Bob Stanley (.882, 15-2 in 1978), Joe Wood (.872, 34-5 in 1912) and Roger Moret (.867, 13-2 in 1973) posted higher marks. Won each of his first 8 decisions in 2008, an 11-start span from March 25-May 27, during which he logged a 2.53 ERA (18 ER/64.0 IP)...Was the 11th pitcher in club history to win at least his first 8 decisions in a season, the first since Josh Beckett's 9 straight from April 4-June 8, 2007...Was the 2nd-longest winning streak in the A.L. in 2008 to an 11-gamer by Cliff Lee from July 11- September 12...Including a victory in his final start of the 2007 season, September 28 vs. Minnesota, had wins in 9 straight decisions, the longest streak by a Red Sox pitcher since Beckett's 9 straight to begin 2007. Did not figure in Boston's 4-3 loss at Seattle on May 27, the club's first defeat in a game started by Matsuzaka since September 14, 2007 vs. the Yankees...Boston went 12-0 in his games during that span, the longest team winning streak by a Sox pitcher since the club won 12 of David Cone's starts in a row, June 3-August 4, 2001.
TOUGH TO HIT: Led the majors with a .211 opponents batting average, the first Red Sox pitcher to do so since Pedro Martinez held foes to a .198 clip in 2002...Was the 11th-best in average against in Red Sox history...Held foes to a .164 clip with runners in scoring position, tops in the majors..Is the club's best mark since Roger Clemens (.157) in 1994. Held opponents hitless in 14 bases-loaded at-bats in 2008, tied with Texas' Frank Francisco for the most in the majors...Last gave up a hit in that situation on September 8, 2007, a grand slam by Baltimore's Scott Moore...The last Sox hurler to blank foes in at least 14 at-bats over a full season was Derek Lowe (0-for-14) in 2001...Since 1974, Roger Clemens is the only Sox pitcher with more hitless at-bats in that situation in a season, with opponents going 0-for-17 against him in 1994.
STRIKING SUCCESS: Was 5th in the A.L. with 8.27 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (154 K's/167.2 IP)... Produced swing and miss strikes on 24.4 percent of his pitches, the 5th-highest ratio in the A.L.
WALK HARD: Led the A.L. with 92 walks, the first Red Sox pitcher to do so since Hideo Nomo (96) in 2001...Walked 5 or more batters in 8 starts with wins in 6 of those contests, the most in the majors since Texas' Bobby Witt had 8 such victories in 1987...His 6 wins in games with at least 5 walks were the most by a Sox hurler since Mickey McDermott (8) in 1953 (Elias Sports Bureau). Walked a career-high 8 in a 6-3 win at Detroit on May 5, the first Red Sox pitcher to issue at least 8 free passes in a victory since Oil Can Boyd walked 8 in a 9-2 win vs. Detroit on June 24, 1985.
ROAD WARIOR: Went 9-0 with a 2.37 ERA (20 ER/76.0 IP) in 13 road starts compared to a 9-3 mark and 3.34 ERA (34 ER/91.2 IP) at Fenway Park...His road ERA ranked 2nd in the majors among pitchers with at least 70.0 innings away from home, trailing only San Francisco's Tim Lincecum (2.22)...Was the lowest mark by a Red Sox pitcher with at least that many road innings since Josh Beckett's 2.18 (22 ER/90.2 IP) mark in 2007. His 9 road wins without a loss were the most by a Red Sox pitcher in a season since 1954...Tied Jorge Sosa (9-0 in 2005) for the 3rd-most by any major league hurler in that span...Only Greg Maddux (13-0 in 1995) and Jimmy Key (10-0 in 1994) posted more road wins in a season without a loss in that time.
With wins in 9 consecutive road decisions from April 1-September 21, is one of 7 Red Sox road winning streaks of at least 9 games since 1956, the first since Pedro Martinez's 13-gamer from August 8, 1999 to August 2, 2000.
SHORT WORK: Tossed 167.2 innings on the season, the 2nd-fewest ever by a major league pitcher with at least 18 wins...Roy Face is first on that list with 18 wins in just 93.1 innings for Pittsburgh in 1959...Went 5.0 innings in 5 of his victories, the 2nd-highest single-season total by a Red Sox pitcher since 1956, trailing only Ramon Martinez, who had 6 in 2000.
MAKING 'EM EARN IT: Was 3rd in the A.L. with a 2.90 ERA (54 ER/167.2 IP), the lowest by a Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez's 2.22 ERA (46 ER/186.2 IP) in 2003...Allowed 2 earned runs or less in 20 of his 29 starts, tied with the Toronto's Roy Halladay for 4th in the A.L. behind Cleveland's Cliff Lee (22), Chicago's John Danks (21) and the Yankees Mike Mussina (21). Held opponents scoreless over a span of 24.1 innings from July 2-22, the A.L.'s 4th longest streak this year behind Oakland's Brad Ziegler (39.0), Cleveland's Cliff Lee (27.0) and Toronto's Scott Downs (26.0).
HOMER HAPPY: Surrendered 12 home runs, less than half of his total from 2007 (25)...Tied with Cleveland's Cliff Lee and the Mets' Mike Pelfrey for the 5th-lowest total of any major league pitcher with at least 150.0 innings...Oakland's Dana Eveland led in that category with just 10 round trippers...Combined to give up 3 homers in his first 5 starts through April 18 before permitting just 2 over his next 12 outings through July 22nd, the fewest in the majors in that span among pitchers with at least 50.0 innings.
ON THE DL: Landed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his major league career on May 30 (retroactive to May 28) with a mild right rotator cuff strain...Sustained the injury in Boston's 4-3 loss at Seattle on May 27...Allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and fanned 2 without a walk in 4.0 innings...Took warm-up tosses before the 5th but left without throwing a pitch in that frame... Gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk with 5 K's in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on June 16 at Philadelphia's Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley.
OPENING DAY : Started Opening Day against Oakland at the Tokyo Dome in Japan...Is one of 6 foreign-born players in major league history to pitch on Opening Day in his native country, including Hideki Okajima who got the win in relief...Was just the 2nd ever to start joining Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC), who took the hill for Florida at Montreal on April 2, 2002...Did not figure in Boston's 10-inning 6-5 win...Allowed 2 runs over 5.0 innings but left trailing 0-2...Retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced including each of the last 7.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Kept righthanders to a .195 average compared to a .225 mark against lefties... Posted a 1.32 ERA (7 ER/47.2 IP) in 7 starts against A.L. Central opponents, 2nd in the majors among pitchers with at least 40.0 innings against those teams...Only Toronto's Jesse Litsch ranked higher on that list with a 1.21 ERA (7 ER/52.0 IP).
MORE 2008 HIGHLIGHTS: Logged a 7-game winning streak over a span of 9 starts from August 3-September 21 with a 2.43 ERA (17 ER/63.0 IP), 4th in the A.L. in that time...Won, 3-0, on September 21 at Toronto, his final win of the season...Allowed 2 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts over 7.0 innings, his 5th scoreless start of at least 7.0 frames in 2008...Gave up 2 hits and 2 walks while fanning 7 over 8.0 shutout innings in a 8-0 win vs. the White Sox on August 29...Matched the longest scoreless outing of his career, done once previously on July 3, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay...Returned from the 15-day DL with a start vs. St. Louis on June 21, allowing 6 runs over a career-low 1.0 inning, the shortest start by a Red Sox pitcher since Derek Lowe (1.0) on September 18, 2004 at Yankee Stadium...Fanned a season-high 9 batters in his 2nd start of the year, a 2-1 win at Oakland on April 1...Gave up 1 run on 2 hits without walking a batter over 6.2 innings.2007 SUMMARY: In his 1st major league season, led the Red Sox with 32 starts, 204.2 innings, and 201 strikeouts while finishing 3rd with 15 wins...Ranked among American League leaders in strikeouts (6th), strikeouts per 9 innings (6th, 8.84), lowest opponents batting average (8th, .246), lowest BA with runners in scoring position (8th, .229), fewest hits per 9 innings (9th, 8.40), wins (T11th, 15), and innings pitched (14th, 204.2)...Was just the 8th rookie in major league history to record at least 30 starts, 15 wins, 200.0 innings, and 200 strikeouts in a season.
ROOKIE ROYALTY: Led all major league rookies in wins, innings, and strikeouts...Was the 11th Red Sox rookie pitcher to record as many as 15 wins in a season, the 1st since Don Schwall in 1961 (15)...Were the most wins ever in a season by a Japanese-born rookie pitcher, one more than Kazuhisa Ishii's total in 2002 with the Dodgers...Hideo Nomo holds the overall single-season wins record by a Japanese-born pitcher with 3 seasons of 16 victories (1996, 2002, 2003). Was 2nd Boston rookie to make at least 32 starts in a season, joining Buck O'Brien (34) in 1912... Was the 14th rookie in club history to throw 200.0+ innings in a season, 1st since Frank Sullivan (206.1 IP) in 1954... O'Brien holds the Sox rookie record with 275.2 IP in 1912.
STRIKEOUTS: His 201 strikeouts were a Red Sox rookie record surpassing Ken Brett's mark of 155 in 1970...Was the 14th highest total for a rookie since 1900, 5th most in the A.L., and the most for a ML pitcher since Nomo (236) in 1995...Was the 1st Red Sox pitcher with 200 or more strikeouts in a season since Pedro Martinez (227) and Curt Schilling (203) in 2004...Was 1st ML rookie to reach the 200 inning/200 strikeout plateau since Mark Langston and Dwight Gooden both did it in 1984.
Fanned 10 batters in winning his major league debut on April 5 at Kansas City, the most strikeouts for a pitcher in his 1st game since Oakland's Aaron Harang fanned 10 on May 25, 2002 against Tampa Bay...Were the most by a Boston pitcher since Don Aase set the club record with 11 strikeouts in his ML debut on July 26, 1977 against Milwaukee...Also recorded 10 strikeouts in his 3rd start on April 17 at Toronto to become 1st pitcher with 10+ strikeouts twice in his 1st 3 major league starts since the Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela, who had 10 K's in his 2nd and 3rd starts, April 14 and 18, 1981, then added 11 in his 4th start on April 22...Had his 3rd 10-strikeout game of 2007 on August 4 at Seattle, tying club rookie for double digit strikeout games with Dave Morehead in 1963; Roger Clemens in 1984; and Aaron Sele in 1993...Overall had 8 or more strikeouts 12 times, including 6 straight starts from June 5-July 3...Led the majors with 126 strikeout on the road, most by a Red Sox since Pedro Martinez (150) in 2000.
YEAR IN REVIEW: After losing 2 of 1st 3 starts, was 6-0, 5.17 (27 ER/47.0 IP) in next 7 starts, despite allowing 5 or more runs 3 times in that span, and was 7-2, 4.43 through May 25...Dropped his next 3 outings, allowing 10 earned runs in 18.2 innings...Went 6-3, 2.49 (20 ER/72.1 IP) in next 11 starts to improve to 13-8, 3.59 through August 10...Over next 7 games, was just 1-4, 8.15 (35 ER/38.2 IP), issuing 5 or more runs in 5 of those contests...Concluded the regular season by allowing 2 runs in 8.0 to beat Minnesota on September 28.
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT: Was a 4-1 winner in his major league debut on April 5 in Kansas City...Allowed 6 hits and one run (6th-inning homer to David DeJesus) over 7.0 innings, walking one and striking out 10... Was the 1st Red Sox pitcher to start and win his ML since Juan Pena beat the Angels on May 8, 1999...Was the 12th native of Japan to ever start a major league game, the 3rd for the Red Sox, joining Hideo Nomo (33 in 2001) and Tomo Ohka (25 from 1999-01)...Was the 7th native of Japan to make his major league debut in a starting role and the 4th to record a win.
THE RUN REPORT: Issued 2 or fewer runs in 17 of 32 starts, including 6 straight games from June 5-July 3...Lone complete game was a 6-hit, 7-1 victory on May 14 vs. Detroit, the 1st CG win by a Boston rookie in a regulation game since Tim VanEgmond on July 29, 1994 vs. Milwaukee...Worked the 1st 7 innings in a pair of combined shutouts, June 16 vs. San Francisco and July 24 at Cleveland, both 1-0 games...Also pitched 8.0 scoreless innings in a 4-1 win versus Tampa Bay on July 3.
Also permitted 5 or more runs in a start on 10 occasions...Surrendered 4 or more runs in an inning 8 times with 39 of his 100 runs allowed (39%) coming in those 8 innings...Issued just 61 runs in his other 196.2 innings, good for a 2.79 ERA...Defeated Toronto on September 3 despite allowing 7 runs over 5.1 innings, the most runs issued by a Sox pitcher in a win since Tim Wakefield on August 8, 2004 at Detroit (7 ER/5.0 IP).
SUPPORT STORY: The Red Sox scored 2 runs or less while he was in the game in 12 of his final 22 starts beginning May 30, giving him a combined 67 runs of support in those 22 contests, tied for 9th fewest in the American League (minimum 100.0 IP) during that stretch...Still, received 130 runs of support in his 32 starts, tied for 9th most in the A.L...Ranked 12th in the league with an average of 5.72 (130 runs in 204.2 IP) runs per 9 innings...Boston managed just 16 total runs while he was in the game in his 12 losses, but scored 91 runs while he was in the game in his 15 wins, an average of 6.1 runs per game.
HONOR ROLL: Earned Red Sox Player of the Month honors for June after going 2-2 with a 1.59 ERA (6 ER/34.0 IP) and 42 strikeouts in 5 starts, ranking among A.L. leaders for the month in K's (T1st), ERA (2nd), and opponents batting average (2nd, .179)...Named the A.L. Player of the Week for May 14-20...Combined to throw 17.0 innings in his 2 starts during the week, including one complete game, going 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA (4 ER/17.0 IP)...Placed 4th in BBWAA A.L. Rookie of the Year voting with 12 points.
2007 NOTES: Went 7-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 18 road starts and 8-4 with a 4.86 ERA in 14 starts at Fenway Park...Was the first Red Sox rookie ever to win 10 games before the All-Star break (10- 6, 3.84)... Earned the win on May 25 in Texas despite leaving after 5.0 innings with a stomach illness...Allowed 8 runs over 2.2 innings on September 8 at Baltimore, the shortest outing by a Boston starter in 2007...Led the majors with an average of 108.8 pitches per start with his 130 pitches on June 5 at Oakland matching the most by an ML pitcher in 2007...Also placed among the A.L. leaders in hit by pitches (4th, 13), walks (6th, 80), most earned runs (T6th, 100), and most home runs allowed (T9th, 25).
POSTSEASON: Was 2-1, 5.03 (11 ER/19.2 IP) in 4 playoff starts...Had no decision in Game 2 of the ALDS versus Los Angeles, issuing 3 runs in 4.2 innings, permitting all 3 runs in the 3rd inning...Also lasted just 4.2 innings and allowing 4 runs in a 4-2 loss at Cleveland in Game 3 of the ALCS...Surrendered just 4 runs in 10.1 frames in winning his last 2 post-season outings...Defeated Cleveland, 11-2 in Game 7 of the ALCS (2 R/5.0) at Fenway Park and won at Colorado, 10-5 in Game 3 of the World Series (2 R/5.1 IP)...Was the 1st native of Japan to ever win a post-season game and the 1st Japanese native to ever start a World Series game...Is just the 2nd Red Sox rookie to ever earn a post-season win, joining Hugh Bedient (Game 5 of 1912 World Series)...Recorded his 1st major league hit with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning of WS Game 3, the 1st WS hit by a Boston pitcher since Bill Lee in Game 7 of the 1975 fall classic...Was the 1st WS RBI by a Sox pitcher since Jose Santiago homered in Game 1 of the 1967 Series.
CAREER NOTES IN JAPAN
NPB STANDOUT: Joined the Red Sox after a standout 8-year career with the Pacific League's Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball...Compiled a 108-60 record, 2.95 ERA, and 1,355 strikeouts over 1,402.2 innings in 204 games/190 starts with the Lions...Led the Pacific League in strikeouts 4 times, finished 1st in victories on 3 occasions, and was a 2-time ERA champion...Recorded at least 14 wins 6 times and fanned 200 or more batters in 4 different seasons...At the plate, had a .211 (4-19) career average with 3 RBI and homer on June 9, 2006 off former major leaguer Darwin Cubillan of Hanshin.
4-YEAR RUN: In final 4 seasons at Seibu (2003-06), had a 57-31 record for a .648 winning percentage with a 2.51 ERA (207 ER/741.1 IP) and 768 strikeouts in 741.1 innings.
MORE INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS: Was a member of Japan's national team for both the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games...Had a 1-1 record and 1.69 ERA in 2 starts in 2004 at Athens, defeating Cuba, 6-3 in pool play (2 ER/8.1 IP) and losing to Australia, 1-0 in the semifinals (1 ER/7.2 IP)...Became 1st Japanese pitcher to be clocked at 100 miles per hour on radar gun during Athens Olympics...Was 0-1, 2.33 in 3 starts in 2000 at Sydney...Recorded no decisions in pool play versus the United States (2 ER/10 IP) and Korea (5 ER/9 IP) and lost to Korea, 3-1 in the Bronze Medal Game (3 ER/8 IP CG)...Pitched in 3 games in the 2000 Regional Olympic Qualifying tournament with a 1-1 record.
VERSUS MLB: Was a member of the NPB All-Star team that faced the Major League Baseball All- Star squad in its 2004 Japan tour...Pitched a 5-hit complete game to defeat the MLB club, 5-1 on November 11 at the Sapporo Dome...Did not allow a walk and fanned 6 in 9 innings with the lone MLB extra base hit being a double by Jack Wilson.2006 SUMMARY: Led all NPB teams with 13 complete games, ranked second in the Pacific League with 17 wins, a 2.13 earned run average, and 200 strikeouts...placed third in the PL with 186.1 innings, and tied for fifth with two shutouts...established a lifetime best for victories, posted the lowest ERA of his pro career and finished third in the Pacific League's Most Valuable Player Award voting.
BY THE NUMBERS: Allowed one earned run in eight-inning complete game loss to Fukuoka in season's first start on March 30, then was 7-0, 2.12 (14 ER/59.1 IP) in his next eight starts through May 26...went 4-3, 2.14 (15 ER/63 IP in his next nine outings before winning six consecutive starts from Aug. 16-Sept. 19 with a 1.41 ERA (8 ER/51 IP)...allowed season high six earned runs in five innings in season-ending defeat to Chiba on Sept. 26...issued three runs or less 21 times, permitting one or fewer earned runs in 15 starts...allowed just 34 walks in 186.1 innings, an average of 1.64 every nine innings...permitted just 20 walks in final 128 innings beginning May 26...limited opponents to a .206 batting average.
COMPLETE WHAT YOU START: His 13 complete games were two shy of career high set in 2005...went the route in consecutive starts on three occasions...worked seven or more innings in 19 of 25 starts with high of 10 innings in CG win on July 8 versus Hokkaido...had a pair of CG shutouts, a three-hitter on May 26 versus Hanshin and a five-hitter on Sept. 13 against Hokkaido...worked less than six innings just four times, lasting just 0.2 innings on June 24 against Chiba.
PLAYOFFS: In final appearance with Seibu, defeated Fukuoka, 1-0 in opening game of Pacific League playoffs on Oct. 7...issued six hits with no walks, 13 strikeouts, and four hit batters in the complete game, nine-inning performance...threw 137 pitches...Lions dropped the next two games of the best of three series to the Hawks.
MISCELLANEOUS: Fanned 10 or more batters in a game 10 times with season best 14 on three occasions: May 26 and June 9, both vs. Hanshin and Aug. 30 against Orix... recorded 56 strikeouts in 40 innings over five starts, May 19-June 16...surrendered as many as two homers just three times and did not allow a long ball in his last six starts, a span of 47 innings, beginning Aug. 23...hit just three batters, two of those coming in his final start, Sept. 26 versus Chiba...won all four starts versus Hokkaido with 1.03 ERA (4 ER/35 IP)...finished second to Fukuoka's Kazumi Saitoh in all three triple crown pitching categories (wins, ERA, strikeouts)...was 3-for-9 at the plate in interleague play, including first pro homer on June 9 off former Major Leaguer Darwin Cubillan of Hanshin...has a .211 (4-19) career average with three RBIs.
WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: Was instrumental in Japan's victory in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March 2006...Was selected as the WBC's Most Valuable Player, winning all 3 of his starts with a 1.38 ERA (13.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R-ER)...Was the only pitcher in the tournament to record 3 wins and pitched the 4th most innings...Earned wins against Chinese Taipei in Round 1 on March 4 at Tokyo (4 IP, 3 H, 1 R-ER); Mexico in Round 2 on March 14 at Anaheim (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R); and Cuba in the Championship Game on March 20 at San Diego (4 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER)...Held opposition to a .178 batting average in the 3 games.
JOINING THE RED SOX: On November 2, 2006, the Seibu Lions officially granted permission for Matsuzaka to participate in the "posting" process as outlined in the agreement between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball...On November 14, Seibu informed Major League Baseball that they had accepted the highest bid, submitted by the Red Sox, for the negotiating rights to Matsuzaka...As a result, the Red Sox had a 30-day period in which to negotiate an agreement with the pitcher...The signing was completed and announced on December 14.2005 Topped the Pacific League with 15 complete games and 226 strikeouts, both career highs, and 215 innings...Tied for league lead in shutouts (3), had the 3rd lowest ERA (2.30), and tied for 5th in wins (14) despite limited run support...His 15 complete games were 2 less than combined total for PL's 2nd and 3rd place finishers...Recorded 1000th career strikeout in May in 5th fewest innings in NPB history...Won his 6th Gold Glove for defensive excellence with no errors in 33 total chances. 2004 Was the Pacific League's ERA champion at 2.90...Of his 10 victories, 5 were complete game shutouts...Did not make an error in 29 regular season fielding chances...Went 1-1 in 2 starts in the Japan Series against Chunichi...Lost Game 2 but issued just 6 hits and 2 runs in 8 innings to defeat the Dragons, 4-2 in Game 6 as Seibu went on to win its 1st championship in 14 years. 2003 Returned from injury the previous season to lead Pacific League with 215 strikeouts...Tied Fukuoka's Kazumi Saitoh for the ERA crown at 2.83, the 1st such tie in NPB history...Ranked 2nd in the league in wins. 2002 Was limited to just 14 games and 73.1 innings due to a right elbow injury...Recorded 78 strikeouts for 9.57 K's per 9 innings...Marked only pro season where failed to finish 1st in the PL in at least one major pitching category. 2001 Finished as the Pacific League leader in wins (15), losses (15), complete games (12), shutouts (2), innings (career high 240.1), walks (117), strikeouts (214), and home runs allowed (27)...Won the Sawamura Award as the top pitcher in Japan...Was selected to the Best Nine at season's end for 3rd consecutive year. 2000 Ranked 1st in the Pacific League with 14 wins, 144 strikeouts, and 2 shutouts...Started on opening day at the age of 19 years, 11 months, the NPB's 1st teenage opening day starter in 15 years. 1999 Was the 1st player selected in the 1998 NPB draft...Went on to be named as the Pacific League's Rookie of the Year...Topped the PL with 16 wins and placed 3rd with a 2.60 ERA...Became 1st rookie to come directly from high school and be selected to Best Nine...Pitched 5 perfect innings in his regular season debut for Seibu on April 7 and became the 1st rookie a year out of high school to pitch a shutout in April in 44 years...In 1st matchup versus Ichiro Suzuki, fanned the Orix outfielder in 3 straight at bats...Tied NPB rookie record with 15 strikeouts in one game...Received the most all-star votes of any pitcher, the 1st time for a rookie since 1970, and had a rookie record 5 strikeouts in the all-star game.