Sox sign Japanese pitcher Matsuo

The Red Sox have signed free agent righthanded pitcher Terumasa Matsuo from the Independent Shikoku Island League in Japan, according to a press release from the Sox.

Matsuo was the Shikoku Island League Most Valuable Player in 2007, when he led the league with 15 wins (15-3 record) and 159 strikeouts. He posted a 1.72 ERA in 152.0 innings over 30 starts.

Matsuo is expected to report to extended spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla. early this week.

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