REPORT: Japanese media covering the Hideki Matsui beat with a passion

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You’re not going to believe this, but Hideki Matsui is apparently being followed by a throng of Japanese reporters in Angels’ camp.  Here’s an AP photo from Tempe:

Matsui reporters.jpgI have a rare talent: I can read the lips of people speaking another language from still pictures when their backs are turned to me.  The guy with the red sunglasses in the lower right-hand corner is asking Matsui what he thought of Matsui’s World Series performance and whether he’d like to have a player like Hideki Matsui in his lineup.

Athletics DFA Liam Hendriks

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The Oakland A’s have designated reliever Liam Hendriks for assignment.

Hendriks got blown up for four runs on four hits — two homers — in an inning of work yesterday and the A’s have apparently seen enough. It’s been a rough go if it all around, really, as he’s posted a 7.36 ERA over 13 appearances.

Hendriks, who appeared in 70 games last season, signed a one-year deal last winter to avoid arbitration. The deal is for $1.9 million, so anyone claiming him off of waivers or trading for him will owe him a bit over half of that. Given the durability the eight-year veteran has shown in previous seasons that’s not out of the question, but his ineffectiveness this year, combined with a groin problem that caused him to miss some time, may give suitors pause.