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NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a one-year contract, and the right-hander is scheduled to start Friday night's game against Detroit.
Matsuzaka was released by Cleveland on Tuesday at his request. He had spent the entire season at Triple-A Columbus after failing to win a spot in Cleveland's rotation during spring training.
After working through early season injuries, Matsuzaka has pitched well in recent weeks, going 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 10 starts for the Clippers since July 2.
The game against the Tigers will be Matsuzaka's first major league appearance since he went 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA in 11 starts for Boston last year. He underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2011.
The Japanese veteran is 50-37 with a 4.52 ERA in 117 career games.
The Associated Press