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[1/16/2014] Koji Uehara, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Jan.16, 2014 @ 4:23 pm, under MLB
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Sports Graphic Number decided to present Koji Uehara with its 32nd MVP Award.  The last MLB player to win the award was Hideki Matsui in 2003.

The award is given to one athlete each year that provide fans with the most amount of excitement.

Source: official announcement

Uehara will continue his workouts in Tokyo this month and head to the United States in early February.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2014

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Dasiuke Matsuzaka denied signing a deal with the New York Mets via Twitter on Wednesday.

I have been congratulated by many people since the morning, but I do not have any confirmations.  But this always happens so I am used to it now...

Source: Tweet 1/15/2014 via Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

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Shunsuke Watanabe threw thirty-six pitches off a mound during workouts Ishigaki, Okinawa today.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2014

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Masahiro Tanaka updates from Thursday, January 16, 2014.

  • Rakuten Eagles' President Yozo Tachibana spoke to reporters on Wednesday and said that he had not heard anything about Tanaka's status and that they were not planning on asking. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2014
  • Tanaka did meet with the Arizona Diamondbacks during his stay in Los Angeles last week, according to a report made by a local radio station in Arizona. Source: Sanspo 1/16/2014  It was also tweeted by Arizona Sports 98.7 radio talk show host John Gambadoro.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser confirmed that the Oakland Athletics are not pursuing Tanaka. Source: Tweet 1/11/2014
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