|Dec. 27 5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 CST6:10 PM MST8:10 PM EST8:40 PM VEN5:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT-Matsui has retired from professional baseball, saying he is no longer able to perform at the level that earned him a World Series MVP with the New York Yankees and three Central League MVPs in Japan. Matsui announced his retirement Thursday at a news conference in New York that was conducted only in Japanese and broadcast live in his home country.
Analysis: Nicknamed Godzilla, the 38-year-old Matsui batted .282 with 175 homers and 760 RBIs for the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays. Before joining the Yankees in 2003, Matsui played 10 seasons for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. Always cool under pressure, Matsui hit a grand slam in his first game at Yankee Stadium and had six RBIs in his finale with the Yankees - Game 6 of the 2009 World Series.
|Aug. 1 12:33 PM PT1:33 PM MT2:33 PM CT3:33 PM ET15:33 ET19:33 GMT3:33 CST12:33 PM MST2:33 PM EST3:03 PM VEN23:33 UAE2:33 PM CT-Matsui was designated for assignment last week and manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that the team released Matsui at his request. Matsui is now free to sign with any team.
Analysis: The 38-year-old was batting .147 with two homers and seven RBIs and was hitless in his last 16 trips to the plate.
|July 25 11:06 AM PT12:06 PM MT1:06 PM CT2:06 PM ET14:06 ET18:06 GMT2:06 CST11:06 AM MST1:06 PM EST1:36 PM VEN22:06 UAE1:06 PM CT-Matsui was been cut by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Analysis: The 38-year-old Japanese star was designated for assignment on Wednesday to clear a roster spot for infielder Ryan Roberts. The Rays have 10 days to trade Matsui, release him or place him on waivers. He is hitting .147 with two homers and seven RBIs in 95 at-bats.
|July 2 5:24 PM PT6:24 PM MT7:24 PM CT8:24 PM ET20:24 ET0:24 GMT8:24 CST5:24 PM MST7:24 PM EST7:54 PM VEN4:24 UAE (+1)7:24 PM CT-Matsui has left Tampa Bay's game against the New York Yankees because of left hamstring tightness.
Analysis: Matsui played two innings in the field Monday night, but Jeff Keppinger hit for him in the bottom of the second. Matsui, who joined the Rays on May 29, is hitting .177 with two homers and seven RBIs in 26 games.
|June 2 4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 CST4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 PM CT-Matsui homered for the second time in three games Friday.
Analysis: Both of his hits over nine at-bats have been home runs.
|May 29 5:45 PM PT6:45 PM MT7:45 PM CT8:45 PM ET20:45 ET0:45 GMT8:45 CST5:45 PM MST7:45 PM EST8:15 PM VEN4:45 UAE (+1)7:45 PM CT-Matsui homered in his second at-bat of the season after the Tampa Bay Rays purchased his contract earlier Tuesday from Triple-A Durham.
Analysis: After hitting a fly to left in the second, Matsui connected for a long two-run homer to right during the fourth. It was his first home run since Sept. 19 against Texas while with Oakland.
|May 29 12:50 PM PT1:50 PM MT2:50 PM CT3:50 PM ET15:50 ET19:50 GMT3:50 CST12:50 PM MST2:50 PM EST3:20 PM VEN23:50 UAE2:50 PM CT-The Rays have purchased Matsui's contract.
Analysis: Matsui, who turns 38 on June 12, played 13 games with Durham after signing a minor league contract with Tampa Bay on April 30. He has played nine seasons in the major leagues with the New York Yankees (2003-09), Los Angeles Angels (2010) and Oakland Athletics (2011) following a 10-year career with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.
|Apr. 30 10:54 AM PT11:54 AM MT12:54 PM CT1:54 PM ET13:54 ET17:54 GMT1:54 CST10:54 AM MST12:54 PM EST1:24 PM VEN21:54 UAE12:54 PM CT-The Rays have signed Matsui to a minor league contract.
Analysis: Tampa Bay wants to add depth in the outfield and at designated hitter. The 37-year-old has played nine seasons in the major leagues, including seven with the New York Yankees. Matsui has a .285 career average with 173 home runs and 753 RBIs for the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics. He hit .251 with 12 homers and 72 RBIs for the A's last season.
|Apr. 23 5:19 PM PT6:19 PM MT7:19 PM CT8:19 PM ET20:19 ET0:19 GMT8:19 CST5:19 PM MST7:19 PM EST7:49 PM VEN4:19 UAE (+1)7:19 PM CT-The Tampa Bay Rays would like to bolster their depth at designated hitter and in the outfield and have had discussions with free agent Hideki Matsui. If signed, Matsui likely would receive a minor league contract and be sent to extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Durham.
Analysis: The 37-year-old has played nine major league seasons for the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics. Matsui appeared in 141 games for the A's in 2011, batting .251 with 12 homers and 72 RBIs. He's a .285 career hitter with 173 homers and 753 RBIs. Luke Scott is Tampa Bay's primary left-handed designated hitter. Matsui potentially could provide manager Joe Maddon with another option against right-handed pitching.