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Inbox: How is the 2015 rotation shaking out?

Will the Mets address their surplus of starting pitchers via trade? Could the club be interested in Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts? Beat reporter Anthony DiComo has answers in the Inbox.

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Dice-K will return to Japan to continue career

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has decided to return to his home country, according to a report in The Japan Times on Monday, with the defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks expressing a strong interest in signing him.

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Piazza looks to break through into Hall of Fame

Mike Piazza is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to his Hall of Fame candidacy. After coming up a bit short in his first two years on the ballot, Piazza is hoping that 2015 is the year that he finally breaks through into Cooperstown. Piazza’s third time on the ballot comes in a year stacked with Hall of Fame-caliber players, including a pair of players that also spent time with the Mets in Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield, both on the ballot for the first time.

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Piazza looks to break through into Hall of Fame

Mike Piazza is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to his Hall of Fame candidacy. After coming up a bit short in his first two years on the ballot, Piazza is hoping that 2015 is the year that he finally breaks through into Cooperstown. Piazza’s third time on the ballot comes in a year stacked with Hall of Fame-caliber players, including a pair of players that also spent time with the Mets in Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield, both on the ballot for the first time.

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Foo Fighters plan US baseball stadium tour (AFP)

The Foo Fighters, touring to promote an album that delves into the roots of US music, will play some of the country’s most historic baseball stadiums starting next year. The band, led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, on Tuesday announced shows on July 18 and 19 at Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and home of the Boston Red Sox. A show at another historic stadium, the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field, was earlier announced and is sold out. The band also announced a concert at the more modern Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

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Foo Fighters plan US baseball stadium tour (AFP)

The Foo Fighters, touring to promote an album that delves into the roots of US music, will play some of the country’s most historic baseball stadiums starting next year. The band, led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, on Tuesday announced shows on July 18 and 19 at Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and home of the Boston Red Sox. A show at another historic stadium, the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field, was earlier announced and is sold out. The band also announced a concert at the more modern Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

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Otani cutting his teeth in Japan but MLB beckons (Reuters)

By Junko Fujita SAPPORO Japan (Reuters) - Shohei Otani has made waves in Japan by throwing strikes and smashing home runs for the Nippon Ham Fighters, but the ‘Double Sworded Samurai’ may have to give up one of his weapons if he is to realize his dream of making it big in Major League Baseball. In his second season with the Fighters, the lanky right hander won a team-best 11 games with two shutouts, throwing 160 kph (100mph) fastballs and recording a 2.61 earned run average. The 20-year-old’s prowess with the bat has also been a boon for the Fighters. …

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