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                      === Matsuzaka released by Tribe ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH (Sports  Network)  - The  Cleveland  Indians released  starting
 pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on Tuesday.
 
 Matsuzaka, who has not appeared in a game for the Tribe this season, asked for
 the release according to MLB.com.
 
 In  19  starts with Triple-A  Columbus, the right-hander  went 5-8 with a 3.92
 ERA.
 
 Matsuzaka  was signed  in the off-season by Cleveland, but was released by the
 club  after  failing to make  the 25-man roster  out of spring training before
 being re-signed a few days later in a money-saving move.
 
 He  spent  the previous  six seasons  in Boston.  He made  11 starts last year
 after  recovering from  Tommy John surgery performed in June 2011 and went 1-7
 with an 8.28 ERA.
 
 Matsuzaka was one of Boston's prized acquisitions prior to the 2007 season and
 was  33-15 in 61 starts over his first two years with the Red Sox, helping the
 club  to a World Series title in his first campaign.
 
 In  117 games, all but one as a starter, the Japanese native owns a big league
 mark of 50-37 with a 4.52 ERA. He was 108-60 with a 2.95 ERA from 1999-2006 in
 Japan.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/20 15:09:54 ET