March 2, 2013
On the first Sunday of Spring Training out in Arizona, the Cleveland Indians competed in two different intrasquad games. With half the team in Goodyear against Cincinnati and the other half in Maryvale against Milwaukee, three new Cleveland pitchers stole the spotlight.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, 32, pitched the third and fourth innings against the Reds. He needed only 10 pitches to do, walking one batter but retiring the other six he faced. His effort spurred the Indians to a 3-0 win with 7 pitchers combining on a 1-hitter. Despite Dice-K's positive peripheral stats, there were some conflicting scouting reports of his performance. Per Tom Withers of the Associated Press:
Matsuzaka did not top 89 mph on any of his pitches. Scout told me he was having trouble locating fastball. Same scout unimpressed.
- Tom Withers (@twithersAP) February 24, 2013
Matsuzaka likely is a long-shot for a consistent rotation spot with the Indians in 2013. He doesn't have much of any long-term prospects with the ...