Waiting for Matsuzaka

Originally Published: November 29, 2004
By Masayoshi Niwa | Special to ESPN.com

Big league hitters can breathe a sigh of relief. Daisuke Matsuzaka isn't eligible for free agency for another three years. Maybe.

The 24-year-old right-hander is considered the best pitcher in Japan. Earlier this month in the U.S.-Japan All-Star series, Matsuzaka tossed a complete-game five-hitter for a 5-1 victory in Sapporo. The Seibu Lions' ace did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, and retired 10 of the final 11 MLB hitters to become the first pitcher in the series to toss a complete ...

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