Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2009 World Series MVP Plays for Durham Bulls

So not only are the Durham Bulls the most famous Triple A baseball team in the world and the subject of the most famous sports movie of all time, Bull Durham, but now they have the 2009 World Series MVP playing for them?

Yes.  Yes they do.

And where a titan roams, so does his competition.  In other words, there is some epic baseball at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to be had by fans.  Read on.  Go.  Chances like this don't stroll across home plate often.

The Bulls report that the Boston Red Sox have confirmed that pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to start for their Pawtucket affiliate on Thursday, May 17th at the DBAP.  “Dice-K” is slated to face off against countryman Hideki Matsui, who is scheduled to make his debut for the Bulls tonight.  Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for the 7:05pm game, as a capacity crowd is expected.

The 31 year old Matsuzaka has made four Minor League rehab starts since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of last year.   In his last start with Triple-A Pawtucket, the Tokyo native allowed five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.  Matsuzaka owns a 49-30 career Major League record with a 4.25 ERA.  He was part of the 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox, where he helped the team sweep the Colorado Rockies in four games, earning the victory in game three.  

Hideki Matsui is scheduled to arrive in Durham today and, barring setbacks, make his Bulls debut in tonight’s series opener against the PawSox.  Matsui owns a .214 (3-14) lifetime ML average against Matsuzaka, with 2 RBI, 0 HR, a .421 OBP and 1 strikeout.

Tickets for all Bulls regular season home games and the 2012 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game are available online, by phone at 919.956.BULL or in person at the DBAP ticket office.

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