Mets re-sign Daisuke Matsuzaka

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Daisuke Matsuzaka wasn’t exactly impressive in his late-season action for the Mets, starting seven games with a 4.42 ERA and 33/16 K/BB ratio in 39 innings, but he was apparently impressive enough to re-sign.

Matsuzaka will be back with the Mets on a minor-league deal, which includes an invitation to spring training and a chance to compete for an Opening Day roster spot at age 33.

Matsuzaka hasn’t been an above-average pitcher since his second MLB season in 2008, compiling a 5.41 ERA in 62 starts since then, and he wasn’t particularly effective at Triple-A last season either.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.