Japanese club to 'post' star P Matsuzaka for bidding

Updated: November 1, 2006, 7:23 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Daisuke Matsuzaka hopes his next pitch will be in the major leagues.

The most dominant pitcher in Japanese baseball for the last eight seasons, Matsuzaka had his path cleared when the Seibu Lions officially agreed to release the 26-year-old ace.

"I feel very relieved today," Matsuzaka said Wednesday. "I've wanted to go to the major leagues for a long time and am happy this day has finally come."

Matsuzaka was 17-5 with a 2.13 ERA and 200 strikeouts ...

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