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4/24/2012: Hideki Matsui close to signing minor league deal with Tampa Bay Rays

by on Apr.24, 2012 @ 5:29 pm, under MLB

Games from April 23:

New York Yankees 7 - Texas Rangers 4
Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the top of the 9th, with the Rangers down 7-4, and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 14-10 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Milwaukee Brewers 6 - Houston Astros 5
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in center and batted second.  He went 0-for-3: walk (run scored), fly out to center, ground out to second, strikeout swinging. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Toledo 5 - Columbus 3 (AAA)
Toru Murata (COL) started the game and surrendered three runs (all earned) on five hits over four innings of work.  Murata took the loss and is now 0-1.  Final line: 4 IP, 80-51 NP-S, 17 BF, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Wilmington 7 - Salem 2 (A)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (SAL) started the game and allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits over four innings of work.  He took the loss and is now 0-1; this was his first rehab start since TJ surgery.  Matsuzaka threw fifty-seven pitches and topped out at 94mph (~151km/h).  Final line: 4 IP, 18 BF, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

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Hideki Matsui (FA) is reportedly close to signing a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Some tweets:

Buster Olney - Hideki Matsui will be Class AAA depth for Rays. Gets a chance to play, nothing assured.

Jon Heyman - hear hideki matsui expected to sign w/ #rays, as @JackCurryYES said. brandon allen slowed talks but still likely to happen

Jack Curry - Hideki Matsui is expected to soon sign a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Matsui hit .251 with 12 hrs and 72 RBI for A's last year

Some reports:

CBS Sports - Rays 'expected' to sign Hideki Matsui

ESPN - Hideki Matsui close to deal with Rays

Tampa Bay Online - Matsui deal likely to come this week