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Cleveland Indians

Tribe makes Matsuzaka signing official

By Sheldon Ocker Published: February 13, 2013

   With Daisuke Matsuzaka having passed a physical, the Indians today formally announced his signing to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

   Matsuzaka, 32, has a major-league record of 50-37 and a 4.53 earned-run avareage in six seasons with the Red Sox, but he will be a longshot to make Cleveland's rotation.

   He posted a 1-7 record and 8.28 ERA last year after undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery in 2011.

   He threw his first bullpen of the spring this morning as a contingent of Japanese media watched his every move.

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